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Hackney GPs are to appeal decision to extend contract for out of hours services with private provider

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f733 (Published 04 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f733
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
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GPs in the London borough of Hackney are furious that the primary care trust cluster for the area has refused to allow them to opt back in to providing out of hours care and has instead extended the contract to the private provider Harmoni for a further nine months.

They said that they would appeal the decision and have confirmed that GPs are ready to start delivering out of hours care to their patients from 1 April through the Hackney Urgent Healthcare Social Enterprise.1

The cluster, NHS North East London and City, told GPs on 29 January that they could not opt back in to providing out of hours …

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