GPs fear the demise of medical deputising

Most GPs are against recommendations to defund medical deputising services, a small survey shows.

The proposed funding cuts by the Medicare review taskforce will impact the majority of doctors who currently provide home visits at night and weekends, meaning it will no longer be viable for them to provide the service, the National Association for Medical Deputising Services argues.

Just one in 15 doctors say they would be able to provide more after-hours home visits to fill the void should emergency doctors be unable to do so, according to their survey of 300 GPs.

NAMDS President Dr Spiro Doukakis says the