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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1977 April; 27(177): 209–211.
PMCID: PMC2158007

The workload of a commercial deputizing service


The analysis of 1,098 calls to a commercial deputizing service during a period of four weeks is described. Approximately 20 per cent of the calls were for illnesses considered potentially life-threatening while in 22 per cent telephone advice was given and the patient was not visited by the deputy on call.

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