Out of hours GP service fears

A Cornish MP has called for Serco to hand back its contract to provide out of hours GP services. Andrew George MP says attempts by Serco to further sub-contract some of its work will cause a fragmented health service

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Serco statement on GP out-of-hours services

We have been working with our NHS customer, Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, to improve the integration of our service with other providers of unscheduled healthcare in the region.

The NHS is considering a number of options to achieve this, including the possibility of the clinical elements of Serco’s service being delivered by a suitable specialist subcontractor of the necessary quality, capability and experience.

At this stage no decision has been made.

If such an arrangement were to be put in place, Serco would continue to be responsible and accountable to Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group for provision of the service.

– Dr Louis Warren, Serco’s Director for the GP Out of Hours service in Cornwall

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Calls for Cornwall's out of hours GP contract to be handed back

Fears for Cornwall out of hours services Credit: PA

A Cornish MP has suggest plans by Serco to sub-contract some of its out of hours GP services will lead to a fragmented service. Andrew George says Serco should hand back its contract if it can't do the job.

Serco has admitted it is looking at a number of options, including sub contracting the Cornish service.The MP for St Ives Andrew George said if the company is struggling to deliver the service it should hand it over to someone else.

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