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Staff sick leave to hit GPs' pockets

Dr Susan Bowie is 'aghast' that plans for out-of-hours care in rural Scotland could risk patients' lives.

Dr Bowie, a GP in Shetland, has warned proposals to reduce GP cover and use the ambulance service could have jeopardised her nine-year-old daughter's life when she went into anaphylactic shock over Easter weekend.

'She would have died if she had had to wait for an ambulance,' she said.

Dr Bowie helped draft a letter to health minister Malcolm Chisholm, signed by 30 rural GPs, protesting about the 'skeletal level' of GP care planned across Scotland.

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