NHS cuts gone ‘too far’ says GP out-of-hours provider IC24

A GP out-of-hours service provider said NHS cuts had left it with less than the price of a pizza to spend on patients.

IC24 has a contract to provide 111 non-emergency call services and GPs outside normal hours in Norfolk and Wisbech. A leaked critical report on the business said it had a shortage of GPs and deficiencies in call handling. IC24 medical director Mark Reynolds told a county council health committee: “We receive £7.50 per person per year – about the price of a pizza delivery.” He told the scrutiny meeting the fee per patient per year had been nearly £14 in 2008. “The pendulum has swung too far in cost-cutting in the NHS nationally,” said Dr Reynolds.


Full story at BBC News 15 April 2016