Co-ops risk closure in PCT funding crisis

Bostock, Nick
February 2005
GP: General Practitioner;2/18/2005, p9
The article reports that the future of at least half of Great Britain's out-of-hours co-operatives is on "a knife-edge." According to the National Association of General Practitioners Co-operatives (NAGPC), funding shortfalls will force many to compromise quality of care or shut down. NAGPC chairman Mark Reynolds questioned primary care organisations' fitness to commission out-of-hours services or to run them in-house. Reynolds said the average spend on co-op services needed to increase by 18 per cent and that each English PCT needed up to pounds 200,000 extra for out-of-hours.


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