One GP covering an out of hours shift for the whole of Norfolk, Waveney, and Wisbech?

The Eastern Daily Press reports that questions have been raised about the numbers of GPs that IC24 had on call in early January 2019. The newspaper has seen an internal report that raised concerns that there was only one GP on call.

IC24, the company which runs provision in the region, were reported to have just one GP covering the area – which has a population of more than 1.1m – for six hours in the early hours of the morning earlier in January.

In the report an anonymous source is quoted saying: “This meant he would be expected to cover palliative visits for the whole area, mental health issues and anything else that needed GP input. This is clearly unsafe and should not be allowed to keep happening.”

IC24 denies this was the case and a spokesman said “we had seven clinicians providing a service in Norfolk, Waveney and Wisbech. Two of those clinicians were GPs, and five were urgent care practitioners”.

Full story in The Eastern Daily Press, 19 January 2019

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