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LibDems promise action

Dr Simon Bradley has threatened to stop providing a drugs misuse service from April 1 unless his PCT increases his pay five-fold.

His practice in Bristol currently gets £4,000 a year ­ equivalent to £4 a consultation and way below the national enhanced service benchmark rate of £20,000.

The practice has also given notice that it will no longer provide alcohol misuse services ­ and that its own dermatology GPwSI must be funded as a local enhanced service or all referrals will be routed via the hospital.

Dr Bradley, a director of Avon LMC, said the drug misuse service was 'wildly under-funded'. He added: 'We have said if we do not have a satisfactory result we are prepared to walk away. There comes a point where we cannot afford to subsidise the service.'

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