UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Out of hours care a shambles says Lamb

Press Release   •   Feb 03, 2010 10:03 GMT

“The scandal is that this Labour Government has presided over this mess yet it’s failed to make sure out of hours care in this country is up to standard," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.

Commenting on remarks today from Health Minister Mike O’Brien, who admitted that an unacceptable variation exists between doctors' out-of-hours services around the country, Norman Lamb said:

“The minister is right to admit that the system of out of hours care is a shambles.

“The scandal is that this Labour Government has presided over this mess yet it’s failed to make sure out of hours care in this country is up to standard.

“We have inadequate safeguards to stop dangerous doctors from overseas from practising here and threadbare cover in many parts of the country.

“I have put forward proposals to ensure every doctor working in this country can speak English, is familiar with our health service and is well trained.”