BMJ roundtable: How to fix out of hours care

The BMJ recently held a discussion between experts in the fields of general practice, emergency medicine, and paediatrics about the state of out of hours care in the UK, and crucially offered their vision for a better service. Are children a special case, can urgent care ‘hubs’ be a silver bullet, is NHS 111 up to the job of triaging patients, do there enough clinicians involved in out of hours care, and are other countries doing a better job? The state of out of hours care can best be described as ‘patchy,’ w ith some, even most, people receiving good and timely care although from a confusing plethora of different bodies - walk-in centres, urgent care centres, out of hours centres, telephone consultation and - that most recognisable of all NHS brands - Accident and Emergency. But there are also very ser ious deficiencies attributed to core problems identified by our experts below. Around the table were: Clifford Mann, president of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine and an emergency medicine consultant in Taunton in Somerset; Neena Modi, professor of Neonatal Medicine in the Imperial College , London and president of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; and Professor Martin Roland, professor of Health Service Research at the University of Cambridge and who has 35 years experience as a GP.Read the write up:
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