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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Out-of-hours chaos may lose GPs holiday

A number of GPs could be forced to cancel their Easter holidays after their primary care trust's plans to take over out-of-hours care on April 1 were thrown into chaos.

GPs in East Lincolnshire PCT complained the trust

only asked them last month whether they were willing to work shifts – and found not enough were willing to.

The trust admitted after an emergency meeting last week it still could not tell its 100 GPs if they would be able to opt out on April 1 because shifts remained unfilled. A spokesman conceded GPs may have to wait until the end of the year.

Dr Vaughn Roberts, a singlehanded GP in Crowland, said he may have to cut his holiday short and come back to work on Easter Saturday. 'It will affect me directly. It's a great disappointment,' he said.

Dr Azmeena Nathu, a singlehander in Spalding, said she would also be forced to work during the holiday period to cover her 3,500 patients.

Dr Charles Lennon, also a GP in Spalding, said the trust had failed to plan properly. 'They only sent the forms last week. Now they have discovered they can't man the rota.'

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