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Psychiatric patient moves anger GPs

A group of 85 GPs have joined forces to protest over plans to relocate psychiatric patients on their lists to a unit 20 miles away.

The GPs in East Lothian in Scotland signed a letter of complaint to a local paper calling for public debate on proposals for psychiatric patients at Herdmanflat Hospital in Haddington to be moved to Edinburgh.

The move would mean patients or GPs having to make an extra half-hour journey for a consultation. Secretary of Lothian LMC, Dr Dean Marshall, said the plans 'flew in the face' of Scottish Executive promises that patients would be based in close proximity to their doctor.

GPs felt they were being ignored, he added.

'Once parts of the service start to be removed, our overriding concern is that the remainder becomes unsustainable and the whole system collapses like a pack of cards,' the letter stated.

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