Ambulance trust cuts out-of-hours GP winter shifts due to summer overspend

The ambulance trust running the GP out-of-hours services in Dorset is reducing the number of doctors on shift over winter after overspending its budget earlier in the year.

GPs working for the service operated by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust were informed of the decision in a letter received last month.

It said the decision to reduce staffing would affect the time period from 19 November until the end of March, with GPs already booked onto cancelled shifts advised to check if they could move to another shift.

Full story in Pulse, 28 November 2018