Out of hours doctors services in Norfolk are "degrading"

The East Anglian Ambulance Trust won a contract a few months ago to provide out of hours doctors services throughout Norfolk. However, the Eastern Daily press has revealed that for 5 of the 7 centres, out of hours does not mean 24 hour care.

A number of the centres will not have doctors available throughout the night and the services has been labelled as "degrading", with some health professionals saying that people in Norfolk get a worse service from doctors than pets do from vets.

The out of hours service should have been a flagship project extending health care, not a slimmed down cut back service that fails to deliver what it claimed and promised. It is like so much in the NHS these days. Full of good intentions, but lacking the finances to deliver.

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