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Dorset's new out-of-hours service was so swamped by demand on its first weekend that one GP had to be sent home because of exhaustion.
The German GP was taken off duty after another doctor raised concerns about his treatment of patients during a particularly busy period, a spokesman for Dorset Ambulance NHS Trust said.
The trust said it had increased capacity since the launch on October 1 when only three GPs were on duty to cover the county.
'During the first weekend demand was massive and the doctors were working harder and longer hours,' the spokes-man said.
Other GPs checked all of the exhausted doctor's patients and he was back at work the following weekend.
The trust said 'teething problems' were to blame for long delays between patients calling and receiving a visit.
It has 262 local GPs on its books, as well as two European doctors. All out-of-hours shifts have been filled.