Hopes that new out of hours GP contract will deliver improvements for rural north Cornwall

North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson has welcomed today’s announcement that a not-for-profit organisation led by GPs will be running Cornwall’s new out-of-hours and weekend doctors services.

The new out-of-hours service will begin this summer and will be led by Devon Doctors, a GP-led social enterprise, and Kernow Health, a Community Interest Company owned by the GP practices of Cornwall.

It follows the decision by private company Serco, who currently run out-of-hours GP services, to finish their contract early.

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Lib Dem MP for North Cornwall Dan Rogerson said that he wanted to the new service to provide a good out of hours GP service for residents in rural communities, as well as avoiding some of the problems people had experienced with Serco over the past few years.

Along with local residents and councillors, Dan Rogerson successfully campaigned to increase the number of weekend medical clinics in Bude, Stratton and surrounding parishes, and to restore the out of hours GP car to the area after a decision was to move it 22 miles away to Launceston.

Dan Rogerson MP said:

“I am pleased that Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group have decided that an organisation led by local GP practices will deliver new out-of-hours doctors services across Cornwall from this summer, instead of another private company.

“Unlike the last Labour government who brought in private provider Serco to run our out-of-hours services, Liberal Democrats in Coalition Government have made sure that local doctors and medical professionals now take this type of decision.

“As preparations begin for the new service, I will be seeking reassurances that residents in our area, particularly in places like Bude and Tintagel, will have the same access to a decent out-of-hours doctor’s service as everyone else in Cornwall.  I am hopeful that we can use the opportunity of a new out-of-hours service to learn lessons from the past and make sure everyone in North Cornwall has access to health services 24 hours a day.”