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GPs set for fight on community hospitals

The Department of Health has formally rejected a GPC proposal to negotiate an English deal for GPs' community hospital work, after talks began in Scotland and Wales.

The refusal has prompted GPs in England to give notice they will not provide out-of-hours care in community hospitals when they ditch 24-hour responsibility this year.

Some 41 GPs in High Peak and Dales PCT will quit out-of-hours community hospital work from July 1.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said he was 'top of the list' of those 41 doctors. 'This is about getting our lives back. Daytime work we'll have to look at,' he said. Ministers in Scotland and Wales are meeting the GPC in each country to set a national framework.

The row over community hospital pay arose after the Government refused to include it in new GMS negotiations. The BMA warned a failure to address the below- minimum wage contracts could prompt up to 4,000 GPs to resign.

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