Hereford & Worcester

New Worcestershire healthcare provider praised

Worcestershire's new out-of-hours healthcare provider has been praised by the primary care trust.

Harmoni took over from the now-defunct firm Take Care Now, which the Care Quality Commission criticised after a 70-year-old Cambridgeshire man was killed by a painkiller overdose.

German medic Dr Daniel Ubani was responsible.

Worcestershire Primary Care Trust said it was "very impressed" with Harmoni's work after a meeting involving GPs.

Dr Jonathan Leach, director of primary care at the trust, said: "Certainly we're quite confident that they're meeting all the requirements that are there.

"The PCT's set up a break clause in the contract, so if we are not happy, then obviously we can do that.

"Where we were last night [Wednesday] was with the group of local GPs who have a very, very influential part on how the service is to be provided.

"Generally they were very impressed with the progress."

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