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GP's 'day off work' for Bush visit

Dr Peter Jones was caught up in the massive security operation surrounding the visit of American president George Bush to Prime Minister Tony Blair's constituency.

The village of Sedgefield, County Durham, where Dr Jones's practice is based, was sealed off for 17 hours and all cars were ordered off the streets.

The move meant the road on which the practice's main premises and three surgeries are located was closed, stopping all patients coming in.

'I was on call for the day but basically I had the day off,' Dr Jones said. 'We had an ambulance booked to take a patient to hospital, but had to rearrange it.'

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