NHS SCHEME FLOPS.
A FLAGSHIP out-of-hours health service has been branded a flop.
Health watchdogs complained yesterday that the Aberdeen-based pilot NHS 24 scheme has failed to impress the public.
The service - designed to take the pressure off the local out- of-hours GP service and A&E unit - was launched three months ago.
It employs 85 nurses and about 40 other staff offering round the clock advice to callers.
But Grampian Local Health Council spokeswoman Maggie Emslie said: "Patients with minor ailments are clogging up the A&E unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
"How many people out there know that NHS 24 is there?"
But a spokeswoman said the service is hitting its target of 2,000 calls a week.
She added: "NHS 24 is no secret service and the next stage of our launch will take place next month."
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 17, 2002|
|Previous Article:||COMPLEX PROBLEM.|
|Next Article:||BOOZE DEATHS PLEA.|