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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Funding delay threatens co-op

A GP out-of-hours co-operative has warned it could fold because of uncertainty over how much funding it will get under the new contract.

Preston Primary Care Centre said it had bid to provide cover from next April, but was awaiting a guarantee from Preston PCT that the co-op will get £3,000 per GP of out-of-hours development fund money.

Dr Richard Parry, co-op chair and a GP in Preston, Lancashire, said: 'Without that money our co-op becomes unviable. Because of the uncertainty nursing staff are looking for other jobs and our manager is talking about retiring.'

Preston PCT said it had to wait for Department of Health guidance on additional funding to help trusts afford out-of-hours cover.

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