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Primecare seeks seat on PCT committees

Primecare has written to four primary care trusts to request a place on their professional executive committee.

The move comes ahead of a decision by the trusts in Essex over contracts to provide out-of-hours services. Primecare is the largest provider in the region.

Parent company Nestor Healthcare recently issued a profits warning after admitting Primecare had not won as many contracts as expected.

Dr Colin Adey, professional executive committee chair at Southend-on-Sea PCT, said it would be 'premature' to include Primecare on the committee as no decision had yet been taken on out-of-hours provision.

'After they have been successfully appointed then that might be a time to look at that issue,' said Dr Adey, a GP in the town. 'You can't advantage one group over another. Post appointment it's a different issue.'

Primecare said it had written to 'no more than four' trusts in the area, to request representation on the PEC.

A spokeswoman said: 'Primecare is the largest pro-vider in the area. It makes sense we have some sort of

representation.'

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