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Co-op picks up pieces as Primecare quits

A group of 70 GPs have one month to sort out new out-of-hours arrangements after Primecare told them it was quitting their area.

The commercial deputising service blamed its decision to pull out of Brighton on the exodus of around 20 GPs to a local co-operative.

Primecare medical director Dr Mike Sadler said the move had made their rota unviable.

He also blamed 'uncertainty' over out-of-hours provision under the new contract.

Dr Sadler said: 'The uncertainty in the area has led to a number of Primecare doctors moving to other providers. This has further undermined our clinical resource rota and branch viability.'

He added: 'We have made a financial loss in Brighton for two years and it's getting worse.

'It's not something that we undertook lightly.'

Brighton and Hove City PCT said it hoped local co-op Brightdoc could cover the GPs affected.

A spokesman said: 'Brightdoc have said they can take on the additional work, or the GPs might want to form another co-op.'

Director of primary care Terry Baker said the trust had the 'tentative aim' of taking over out of hours responsibility in the Autumn.

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