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£13,000 extra? It's no wonder PMS proved to be so popular

£13,000 extra for being a PMS doctor (News, May 10)! This bit of news could well illustrate very nicely indeed the real reason why PMS proved so popular among GPs, specially in the later waves.

And who in their right mind would be able to resist the offer of £50,000-plus to pay for existing locums/ assistants (reducing costs) or to pay for the appointment of additional doctors, freeing time up for other GPs in

the practice to earn a bit of outside income.

No, I wouldn't blame any GP for jumping at this golden opportunity for personal enrichment, but it remains a mystery to me why this government has been prepared to spend so much precious NHS resource for so little return.

One also wonders whether as a profession we could have negotiated the new contract from the same position of strength had we all taken the PMS bait.

Dr Gerbo Huisman

Lichfield

Staffordshire

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