NHS 111 service delayed

The government has announced a delay in the rollout of the NHS 111 number in England.

The free one-stop number for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms, was planned for April 2013. But now the Department of Health has said areas can have more time to introduce the service.

Doctors’ leaders – who had in the past expressed “serious concerns” about the rollout – welcomed the delay. Nursing leaders and Unison had also expressed reservations about plans for the service.

Extract from BBC News June 14

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