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On the road with Cumbria's out-of-hours doctor service

BBC Inside Out follows the work of Cumbria Health On Call (CHOC), Cumbria's out-of-hours doctor service.

The CHOC services are increasingly busy because people cannot get regular appointments at their local GP surgeries.

At one Whitehaven GP surgery where the phone lines opened at 8am, all 49 appointments disappeared within 12 minutes.

In Carlisle about 1-in-10 GP posts are vacant and one-in-three surgeries have unfilled vacancies for doctors.

This leaves 20,000 patients effectively without a doctor, and puts strain on the existing GPs working in the city.

Michelle Ackerley reports on the growing pressure on GP surgeries and out-of-hours health services.

Inside Out is broadcast on Monday, 2 March on BBC One North East & Cumbria and North West at 19:30 GMT and nationwide for 30 days thereafter on the iPlayer.

  • 02 Mar 2015
  • From the section England
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