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GPs back 'sensible' OOH transfer plan

Five primary care trusts in Liverpool are planning to run their existing out-of-hours system and a new model side by side next year to make sure the new plans work.

Dr Rob Barnett, secretary of Liverpool LMC, said the decision by the trusts was unique in the NHS as it was a 'common-sense approach'.

The current service ­ a combination of local co-op Liverdoc and commercial deputising service Primecare ­ is planned to run until June next year. From June until October the new PCT-led model ­ the full details of which are yet to be decided ­ and the existing services would run concurrently.

From October onwards GPs would be able to give up out-of-hours and the PCT would take over responsibility.

'I do not want us to go down the route of the PCT system running and then collapsing,' Dr Barnett said.

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