Doctors: Halt NHS headline now… Three days before launch of new phone service, BMA makes last-minute plea to prevent "chaos" costing…

Doctors: Halt NHS headline now… three days before launch of new phone service, BMA makes last-minute plea to prevent 'chaos' costing patients' lives BMA wrote to NHS head after urging him to delay full roll-out of 111 serviceDoctor said patient safety cannot be 'sacrificed' to meet 'political deadline' Patients using pilot schemes have already waited hours for urgent advice Those who are not ill enough for ambulance will be told to ring serviceDue to be used nationwide from Monday despite serious errors during trialsBMA said system 'run on the cheap' with untrained staff rather than nurse By Sophie Borland and Neil Sears PUBLISHED: 16:49 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 28 March 2013 Doctors demanded last night that a new health helpline due to be introduced across most of England within days should be suspended, warning that lives could be at risk. The British Medical Association wrote to the head of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, urging him to delay Monday’s full national roll-out of the 111 service.