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