Out-of-hours GPs creak but cope
GP out-of-hours co-operative North Yorkshire Emergency Doctors (NYED) went into administration on the day before Christmas Eve.
A spokesman for nine PCTs affected said NYED had first informed them it was in financial trouble in early November.
NYED, which has been operating since the mid-1990s and employs 200 staff, was commissioned by the PCTs to provide out-of-hours cover from October 1, 2004.
'From our point of view we have a service level agreement with NYED and we want that to continue until we have reached a solution,' the spokesman said.
The PCTs concerned have taken over provision of out-of-hours services.
Dr Prasad Rao, vice-chair of the National Association of GP Co-operatives, said PCTs had to 'properly invest' in services such NYED in order for them to succeed.
No one from NYED was available for comment.