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Fed-up practice will change trust

Dr John Chapman's practice is switching primary care trusts after its GPs received unprompted calls from their current PCT asking when they were leaving.

Dr Chapman, a GP in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, and his four partners were also left off the trust's mailing list. The practice is believed to be the first in the country to change trusts.

Dr Chapman said: 'Eastern Birmingham PCT haven't exactly fallen over about us leaving. When we had a series of people phoning up and saying they'd heard we were moving and when was it happening, we decided to make our minds up. North Birmingham has been very welcoming.'

The practice, which is on the border of the two trusts, has to give six months' notice to Eastern Birmingham PCT of its intention to move.

Dr Chapman said he hoped the switch would allow them to move into a new clinic

currently being built.

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