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Out-of-hours service in takeover

David Gray
David Gray was given a huge overdose of the painkiller diamorphine

An out-of-hours medical care provider serving Great Yarmouth and Waveney has been taken over by another company.

Take Care Now was criticised when a patient in Cambridgeshire was accidentally killed with a painkiller overdose by a German locum.

Harmoni HS has taken a "controlling interest" in Take Care Now, which means NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney will receive a new out-of-hours GP service.

An NHS spokesman said the change came at no extra cost.

Dr Sushil Jathanna, chief executive of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: "We have completed a thorough assessment of the provision which Harmoni offers, and are fully confident that this change will ensure our patients continue to receive a safe and consistent out-of-hours service."

Harmoni said it would continue to use local GPs to provide the Great Yarmouth and Waveney out-of-hours service.

Take Care Now was heavily criticised by the NHS and in parliament after a Cambridgeshire coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on David Gray, who was given a morphine overdose by Dr Daniel Ubani.



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