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GP's enhanced service gamble

Dr Neil McNeil has spent £27,000 on a new minor surgery unit at his practice – but his PCT has still not commissioned him to provide an enhanced service.

Dr McNeil, a GP with a special interest in minor surgery, says despite the delays he does not blame his PCT.

'I can give nothing but praise to the PCT. They've been really up against it and the officers have worked very hard trying to get all the work done,' he said.

Dr McNeil, a GP in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, already does 12 cases of minor surgery a week and around two sessions of hospital cases a month. He claims his unit – set to open by the end of this month – will reduce waiting lists to just two to three weeks, and cut costs by two-thirds compared with hospital work.

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