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'Cross-border care will cost us millions'

Three primary care trusts are complaining planned changes to NHS funding will mean they have to find millions of pounds to care for Welsh patients registered with GPs in England.

Shropshire, Herefordshire and South Cheshire PCTs have said financial regulations governing cross-border care mean they will not get funding.

Shropshire PCT finance director Nick Webb said the new system will mean English PCTs will receive allocations based on the number of patients on GPs' lists, while health boards in Wales are funded according to the number of residents.

'This could cost us several million pounds', said Mr Webb.

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