Thousands of patients could be left without GP out of hours services after a cash-strapped private provider said it would cease operations by the end of the month.

Primecare, a division of troubled social care provider Allied Healthcare, has told GPs to “make urgent contact” with commissioners to arrange contingency plans for the services.

HSJ has seen a letter to GPs in Birmingham, sent 20 November, which said: “As a result of the decision by our group, Allied Healthcare, to cease all operations by mid-December 2018, Primecare (a division of Allied Healthcare) will no longer be in a position to provide individual GP practices with primary medical services including GP OOH opted-in cover, half day cover, ad hoc cover or any telephony-based services as from 1 December 2018.

Full story in the HSJ, 23 November 2018

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