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Walk-in centres have no effect

I noted with interest that two articles published in a recent BMJ dealt with the impact of walk-in centres on primary care workload, as well as other aspects of the service.

I was particularly pleased to note that the conclusions broadly reflected that of my own study for the St Helens area, which you published (October 28, 2002) that walk-in centres made negligible difference to the primary care out-of-hours workload.

Dr Tom Kenny

Medical director

St Helens Rota

St Helens

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