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GPs fear contract failures will make NI a 'backwater'

GPs in the Lake District are

to give up minor injuries

work in protest at their PCT's continuing failure to commission it as an enhanced service.

Four practices in Coniston, Grange-over-Sands, Windemere and Ambleside plan

to take action from April 1.

Morecambe Bay PCT has refused to commission the work as an enhanced service, despite the fact the area

draws 12 million tourists each year.

Dr Ian Birket, a GP in Ambleside who deals with more than 700 minor injuries a year, said talking to the PCT was 'like negotiating with a blundering dinosaur'.

He added: 'We're about a month away from the year-end and still nothing. We feel so frustrated. We're not asking for anything unique.'

Dr Birket said GPs would continue to see any emergencies who arrived, but would send any non-emergencies to a hospital casualty department 15 miles away.

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