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NHS England calls for an urgent review of NHS 111

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NHS England has launched an 'urgent review' of the non-emergency NHS 111 phoneline, which handles GP out-of-hours calls in some areas.

The service, which was supposed to replace NHS Direct from 1 April, has already been the subject of an MPs' enquiry. NHS England has admitted that the ability of some providers to maintain delivery of services, will need to be thoroughly assessed.

Half of local NHS 111 services due to launch in April have delayed until June.

NHS Clinical Commissioners has called for NHS England to halt roll-out of NHS 111 until each region's service has been rigorously tested and assurances are given that the system is resilient and patients will received appropriate advice.

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