A behind-the-scenes look at the fight over after-hours


The heat and smoke around after-hours deputising might not contain much news for doctors, but that doesn’t mean it serves no purpose. 

On Thursday, Minister for Health Greg Hunt launched an investigation into allegations of low-quality care in the after-hours sector, with a specific focus on its biggest player, the National Home Doctor Service.

The probe, to be run by the Medicare Integrity Division of the Department of Health, was announced in response to revelations, splashed across the front pages of the News Corp tabloids, that non-VR GPs