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GPs in Leeds are being consulted on a compromise agreement over enhanced services that would enable them to hand over out-of-hours responsibility half an hour early.

Instead of out-of-hours starting at 6.30pm, as is standard under new GMS, Leeds LMC has agreed in principle with one PCT, and is close to a deal with two others, that a 6pm handover time can be maintained.

In return, practices will continue to provide secondary care phlebotomy, complex wound dressings, suture removals, minor injuries and access to primary care.

Leeds LMC secretary Dr Richard Vautrey said the deal would enhance goodwill between PCTs and practices, and allow talks to progress on more major areas.

'There's no exchange of money but I think it's fair,' he said.

'I hope this draws a line under the petty squabbles that have niggled practices.'

Dr Arnold Zermansky, a GP in Leeds, said local doctors were likely to be happy with the deal.

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