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GPs in warfarin protest

More than a quarter of practices in Somerset have said they are prepared to stop issuing anticoagulation drugs in protest at not being paid for the work.

The move follows a survey in which 61 per cent of

GPs in the county said they had never received payment for prescribing warfarin.

Somerset LMC said around 5,000 patients in the county were being prescribed warfarin by their GP, but the four local trusts must now decide how to resource the work because it is not part of GMS.

GPs want funding for

phlebotomies, arrangements for laboratory testing, support software, management fees and clinical time and re-

sponsibility.

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