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Plan to raise retiring age 'a timebomb for retention'

GPs in Devon have complained they are being put in danger because of further delays in launching a county-wide service for violent patients.

A directed enhanced service was due to start in February but was delayed due to health and safety concerns over solo working, and the latest plan ­ a unit at a local walk-in centre ­ will not open until December because building work is behind schedule.

Devon LMC chief officer Dr Peter Jolliffe said GPs would have to carry on treating violent patients at their surgeries in what he branded an 'adhoc' system. 'They are being brave and foolhardy.'

Exeter PCT said an interim measure was being explored at another site.

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