MP Andy love attacks government over NHS direct phone service

Enfield Independent: MP attacks government over scrapping of NHS direct phone service MP attacks government over scrapping of NHS direct phone service

An MP has claimed a new NHS phone service will replace an excellent system with a worse one.

Andy Love MP made the comments about new NHS 111 that will replace NHS Direct in Edmonton in mid-March.

The non-emergency service will channel callers to doctors and clinicians instead of being manned by nurses as is the case with NHS Direct.

The Edmonton MP said: "NHS Direct helps more than 4million people each year and has trained nurses to advise on non-emergency calls, so it’s a scandal that the Government is dismantling it like this in the name of savings.

“This is yet another example of the coalition’s short-termist policies, which seek to destroy what works and replace excellent services with inferior ones.”

“What makes it even harder to swallow is the fact they don’t seem to have factored in the savings already being made by NHS Direct through keeping people away from hospitals and doctors’ surgeries.”

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10:44am Sat 16 Feb 13

caroline1980 says...

If this happens I guarantee they will see a rise in A&E/Drop In clinic/Out of hours GP service traffic. I have used NHS direct 4 or 5 times since it started and if it were not available I would have used one of the above options. I am sure I am one of many.
If this happens I guarantee they will see a rise in A&E/Drop In clinic/Out of hours GP service traffic. I have used NHS direct 4 or 5 times since it started and if it were not available I would have used one of the above options. I am sure I am one of many. caroline1980
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5:23pm Mon 18 Feb 13

dons24pelliparclose says...

Please be aware that for many GP surgeries the out of hours service provided by BarnDoc's Patient Line:
03000 333 777 has been renewed for Enfield PCT/Enfield CCG for a period of two years..........

See the report from Chief Officer Designate Liz Wise at Enfield CCG Board Meeting on 13th February 2013

"Following a procurement process the Joint Boards of NHS North Central London,NCL, held on 31st January 2013, have
approved the award of a 24 month contract to Barndoc to deliver the GP Out of Hours
services for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey CCGs"
Please be aware that for many GP surgeries the out of hours service provided by BarnDoc's Patient Line: 03000 333 777 has been renewed for Enfield PCT/Enfield CCG for a period of two years.......... See the report from Chief Officer Designate Liz Wise at Enfield CCG Board Meeting on 13th February 2013 "Following a procurement process the Joint Boards of NHS North Central London,NCL, held on 31st January 2013, have approved the award of a 24 month contract to Barndoc to deliver the GP Out of Hours services for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey CCGs" dons24pelliparclose
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