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Almost 100 GPs will lose their police surgeon work from next month after a contract for forensic medical services was awarded to a private company.
Senior police surgeons fear patients will be at risk because many doctors who are currently employed by police forces in the area are not prepared to work for the private firm, Veritas Management.
This is because the firm will not match rates for out-of-hours GP work, and police surgeons say they would be expected to cover large geographical areas if they work for Veritas.
GPs are also critical of the emphasis they believe the new system will place on nurses.
Police surgeons at seven police …