Dr Dan Poulter and Raymond Tallis
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NHS 24-hour service: Dr Dan Poulter and Raymond Tallis

A health minister blamed contracts between the last Labour government and doctors for a lack of some 24-hour services in the NHS.

Dr Dan Poulter said they had a "professional obligation" to do on-call and more "routine work" out of hours.

He was debating the issue with author and former doctor Prof Raymond Tallis, who made a film for the Daily Politics, explaining why he did not back the 24/7 service proposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, due to the current financial and staffing climate.

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