'LIVES AT RISK'.
Plans to introduce a new out-of-hours GP service has prompted fears that patients' lives could be put at risk. The move - to be introduced on October 4 - will see on-call cover slashed from THREE doctors in Bridgend alone, to FOUR GPs responsible for covering the majority of south east Wales, a population of more than 600,000.
It follows the introduction of a new GP contract which no longer requires them to provide an out-of-hours service.
Health chiefs have dismissed critics, stating the service will provide adequate cover. But mother-of-three Penny Phillips, from Cemetery Road, Bridgend, said: 'If any of my children become ill I will just take them straight to A and E.'
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Sep 23, 2004|
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