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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.

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