Scotland: Enquiry into Out of Hours Cover

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is inviting submissions to an enquiry regarding out of hours care provision in rural areas of Scotland.

In particular, they are keen to hear views on the following questions:

  • What do you think is the most sustainable and cost-effective way to provide adequate out-of-hours services in rural areas?
  • What are your views on the quality of out-of-hours care provided in rural areas, in particular clinical safety and effectiveness?
  • What are your views on the accessibility and availability of out-of-hours care in rural areas?
  • How well do you think NHS 24 and the Scottish Ambulance Service link in with existing out-of-hours services?

These are issues that many readers will already have discussed previously, such as the recent review of the Scottish Ambulance Service response in rural areas.

The RCGP Rural Forum will submit a response on behalf of members, and comments have been obtained from the Yahoo Mailing List, however anyone is free to contribute independently – the deadline for this is November 6th 2009 and further details are available here.



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