Health: Out-of-Hours Doctors
House of Lords

Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton

Baroness Masham of Ilton (Crossbench)

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will issue guidelines to primary care trusts to make available to out-of-hours doctors lists identifying local patients who have serious long-term conditions and may need help at the end of life.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon (Baronesses in Waiting, HM Household; Labour)

The Our health, our care, our say White Paper on community services says that by 2008 everyone with both long-term health and social care needs will be offered an integrated care plan if they want one, and that by 2010 everyone with a long-term condition will be offered a care plan. These personalised and integrated care plans will detail care and services agreed, including end-of-life care preferences. The care plan should be available to all practitioners providing direct care to the individual, including out-of-hours doctors.

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