Public Accounts Committee


On 1 September 2014, MPs took evidence on out-of-hours GP services in England.

Earlier in the summer, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report into out-of-hours GP services in England.

The report found that although some areas of the NHS in England are achieving value for money for out-of-hours GP services, this was not the case across the board.

Out-of-hours GPs provide urgent primary care when GP surgeries are typically closed between 6.30pm and 8.00am on weekdays, and all day on weekends and bank holidays.

According to Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, "NHS England has much to do to help secure improvements throughout the system and to increase its oversight of the out-of-hours GP services it commissions directly".

Witnesses included:

  • Una O'Brien CB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health
  • Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England
  • Dame Barbara Hakin, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, NHS England
  • Professor Keith Willett, Director of Acute Care, NHS England

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