The Patients Association has criticised primary care trusts over significant variations in out of hours spending.

Freedom of Information results from 90 primary care trusts showed the average spend per head of the registered patient population was £9 but there was significant variation, with the lowest spending less than £1.50 and the highest over £20.

Patients Association director Katherine Murphy said: “Common sense would tell you that this degree of variation is worrying - it is hard to understand how one PCT might be spending 16 times more on out of hours care than another.”

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