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Scots exodus threat over out-of-hours

GPs in Scotland will move to other areas of the UK unless extra cash is put into out-of-hours, the Scottish GPC warns.

The alert follows a parliamentary briefing paper, issued by Scotland BMA, calling on the Scottish Executive to give more money to NHS boards to pay for out-of-hours.

GPs have already warned of a potential meltdown in out-of-hours care because primary care organisations are refusing to dip into their unified budgets to cover funding caps in their plans for 24-hour care.

An extra £28 million was made available in England to cover shortfalls between the cost of out-of-hours and the 6 per cent of the global sum that practices will sacrifice.

Scottish GPC joint-chair Dr Mary Church said: 'If there's not equity in giving up out-of-hours, doctors will go and work in England which won't help our recruitment and retention.'

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