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PCTs Must Monitor Out-of-Hours Care, Say MPs

Magazine article Public Finance

PCTs Must Monitor Out-of-Hours Care, Say MPs

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Some primary care trusts are falling in their responsibility to set and monitor the standards of out-of-hours care providers, MPs said this week.

An inquiry by the Commons health select committee into out-of-hours care said that PCT's contracts with providers must set out standards for quality, clinical governance and risk management.

The report, published on April 8, also urged strategic health authorities and the Care Quality Commission to do more to ensure that PCTs were securing quality services.

The Inquiry was conducted in response to the death in 2008 of Davfd Gray, who was given a fatal dose of dlamorphine by a German locum, employed by a private company contracted by NHS Cambridgeshire.

The MPs' report called for immediate improvements in the vetting of overseas doctors providing out-of-hours care in the UK.

Chair Kevin Barran said: 1It is tragic that it takes the death of a patient to expose the serious fallings now evident in the current system for checking the language and competence skills of overseas doctors. …

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