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50% face long wait to end out-of-hours

Half of GPs will have to wait until October at the earliest before they can opt out of out-of-hours care.

Only 11 per cent of GPs have so far been able to transfer responsibility to their PCO. A further 27 per cent are scheduled to do so before October.

One GP in 10 said they planned to keep their out-of-hours responsibility.

Dr Jean Knowles, a GP in Islay, said she has been told by Argyll and Clyde health board it would not take over the

out-of-hours service until after October.

'It would not be the first time things have been left to the last minute,' she said.

'I was told I had to agree my global sum by February 27 and I only received it at 4.50pm that day.'

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