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PCTs snub GP premises cash pleas

GPs in Bolton are to receive windfalls of up to £40,000 following the dissolution of their out-of-hours co-operative.

Even GPs who owned only a single £1 share will get a £1,200 payout after the co-op's assets have been shared out.

Bolton Medical Services has been dissolved and its assets, worth £550,000, bought by a new out-of-hours organisation which is taking over the service in the area.

Founder of the co-op, Dr Krishna Korlipara, said the dissolution was necessary to reflect changes brought about by the new contract. Dr Korlipara has also set up the new organisation, which will still be owned by GPs. He said: 'I feel sad I had to dissolve Bolton Medical Services but it was no longer fit for purpose.'

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