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Most rural GPs can ditch 24-hour care

Almost all GPs in rural areas will be able to opt out of out-of-hours, the GPC told GPs in northern Scotland last week.

Scottish GPC joint-chair Dr Mary Church told GPs at the Inverness roadshow that only GPs on the remote Scottish islands would have to keep 24-hour responsibility.

Those GPs would get additional compensation, Dr Church added.

'The negotiators are acutely aware of the problems up here. The PCOs in all four countries have signed up to dealing with out-of-hours

cover,' she said.

'Up here they are going to have to think very hard and very innovatively and get some funding into it,' she said.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd said GPs would be able to appeal against the level of compensation offered, but the real test would be whether GPs stayed in remote practices.

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