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£100k to keep out-of-hours

Dr Steve McCabe is demanding compensation of up to £100,000 a year for remote and rural practices unable to opt out of out-of-hours responsibility under the new contract.

Dr McCabe, a GP in Portree, Isle of Skye, said if GPs did not lose out financially by giving up the work, it was only fair GPs in remote areas received substantial rewards for doing it.

Dr McCabe's practice rota requires him to be on-call for between one and three nights a week, and he rarely manages a night on-call without having to make a home visit. 'If the market value is £100,000 a year, then a practice that has no option should be given that sum of money. What we do with the money should be up to us otherwise there will be no carrot to attract new doctors to remote areas,' he said.

 · Rural GPs' anger ­ page 12

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