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Astounded by minister's pay jibe

Dr Gillian Rice is 'astounded' at Lord Warner's accusation that GPs have failed to invest enough money from the new contract in their practices.

Dr Rice said her practice in Bristol had taken on a salaried GP to cope with the demands of the quality framework and more work coming in from secondary care.

'Everyone in my practice has put in extra hours,' she said. 'We feel we have earned any rise – but it is nowhere near 30 per cent.'

She said many practices were 'desperate' to extend their surgeries or build new premises, but it was too risky because PCTs may not be able to give them enough in rent. 'We work for the NHS – we are not a private enterprise able to take risks.'

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