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GP fumes over fire safety spotcheck

Dr Anne Dyson is angry her PCT will not help her practice meet an unexpected £4,500 bill for fire safety improvements.

Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT refused the GPs discretionary funds to help them comply with the 1997 Work Place regulations because the trust is £750,000 overspent on its drugs budget.

The three-partner practice in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, was forced to install automatic closing doors, illuminated exit signs, a new fire alarm system and extra fire extinguishers after a spotcheck by the fire brigade.

Dr Dyson said: 'All the money we received for meeting our CHD target, which contributed to the trust's prescribing overspend, has gone on this so we've gained nothing for all the effort we put in.'

She added: 'It's things like this that contribute to the general poor morale in general practice.'

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