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Primecare to withdraw from another city

Primecare is to withdraw its service from GPs in Plymouth after a co-operative was chosen as a single provider of out-of-hours services. The deputising service said it would quit its contracts with 48 GPs from May 1 because the decision by local trusts meant it was 'uneconomical' to continue.

The company has quit Brighton and Portsmouth in similar circumstances. The GPs will join local co-operative Devon Doctors on Call.

Dr Steven Nimmo said: 'I am not complaining about it at all. Our monthly costs will go down from £1,800 to £1,300 for 2.5 partners. The PCT has found some money to make the co-op cheaper. It's going to be cheaper and more convenient.'

 · We've not left you in the lurch, Letters, page 26

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