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Primary Care Trusts: Working Hours

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) modelling of and (b) pilots for integrated out-of-hours care his Department has recently studied to inform the development of guidance to be issued to primary care trusts; (242724)

(2) what guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts on the integration of out-of-hours care and wider primary care.

The configuration of services is a matter for the national health service locally, working in conjunction with clinicians, patients, local communities and other stakeholders.

We recognise that the NHS needs to improve integration between local services. The Primary and Community Care Strategy included a vision of integrated urgent care services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We are supporting the NHS to help them produce commissioning intentions that reflect this vision.

The National Quality Requirements in the Delivery of Out-of-Hours services state that out-of-hours providers must send details of all consultations (including appropriate clinical information) to the practice where the patient is registered by 8 am the next working day.