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Building work on a new £13 million super-surgery housing more than 30 GPs and catering for 60,000 patients began last week.

All six existing practices in Macclesfield, Cheshire, will move into the Waters Green surgery which is due to open in April 2006.

Dr Stewart Higgins said his current premises were built at the height of the slave trade in 1725 and were now unsuitable. 'There is nothing new about putting practices in the same building, but we are looking at a level of integration ­ in staff, services and systems.

'We would bid for enhanced services together. The other thing is that it will provide good opportunities for staff and doctors.'

The project has been financed by the General Practice Finance Corporation.

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