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A practice that was excluded from a PCT tender to provide community hospital services after a pay row has won an apology.

West Wiltshire PCT admitted breaking its own rules after it did not ask GPs at the Avenue Surgery to tender for services at Warminster Community Hospital.

The practice used to provide the service, but quit after the GPs calculated they were being paid 62p an hour to provide 24-hour cover, even after they had dropped out-of-hours from their normal work.

Dr David Little, a GP at the practice, said he and his

colleagues were still considering taking the matter to

the Health Service Ombudsman.

He said: 'Management probably regard us as a thorn in their side but we are very angry the situation was not even brought to us for consideration in light of changes that had happened.'

In its letter, West Wiltshire PCT said the contract would be revisited once it expired.

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