Journal article

Economic influences on GPs' decisions to provide out-of-hours care

Claudia Geue, Diane Skatun, Matt Sutton

BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL COLL GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Introduction of the new general medical services contract offered UK general practices the option to discontinue providing out-of-hours (OOH) care. This aimed to improve GP recruitment and retention by offering a better work-life balance, but put primary care organisations under pressure to ensure sustainable delivery of these services. Many organisations arranged this by re-purchasing provision from individual GPs. AIM: To analyse which factors influence an individual GP's decision to re-provide OOH care when their practice has opted out. DESIGN OF STUDY: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. SETTING: Rural and urban general practices in Scotland, UK. METHOD: A postal survey was..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The survey was funded by the Scottish Executive Pay Modernisation Unit. The Health Economics Research Unit receives funding from the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorate-General. The views expressed in this article are of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the funding bodies