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GPs warned of opt-out backlash

Dr Mark Reynolds has warned GPs face a 'political backlash' for opting out of out-of-hours unless PCOs ensure high-quality services are maintained.

Dr Reynolds, chair of the National Association of GP

Co-operatives and a GP in Maidstone, Kent, issued the warning after figures showed a rise in complaints against out-of-hours doctors. The Medical Defence Union found out-of-hours care accounted for 10.1 per cent of total complaints in 2003, up from 1.8 per cent in 1997.

Dr Reynolds said: 'This will focus PCO minds on the need to provide a high-quality service to avoid a political backlash.'

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