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Out Of Hours Doctors Overhaul
4:12pm 16th September 2014
Cornwall's out of hours doctors could be run by another private company.
NHS Kernow says plans to let a local alliance operate the service when Serco pulls out next year are not workable.
The firm has had a history of problems - from staff shortages to fiddled figures.
It means others could be asked to bid for the contract.
A spokersperson for NHS Kernow said: 'NHS Kernow's Governing Body has decided not to proceed with its preferred interim solution for the out-of-hours' service in Cornwall.
The clinical commissioning group had been working with an alliance of local providers to develop an interim solution for the out-of-hours service, while the unscheduled care system is redesigned.'
Dr Iain Chorlton, a GP in Gunnislake and a member of the Governing Body said: "We had hoped this alliance contract with local providers would provide a good way to explore options during 2015/16.
"However it became clear to us that, at this time, the alliance solution is not workable and we are now pursuing an alternative approach for getting an out-of-hours service in place for June 2015.
"Our priority is to ensure continuity of a high quality urgent care service for patients."
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