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Childcare scheme is a joke for GPs

I was not surprised by your news report 'GP childcare scheme a waste of money' (July 7). After several phone calls earlier this year I eventually tracked down the peripatetic childcare co-ordinator for my PCT. She wasn't able to give me any answers.

She was cheerful and friendly, but no help. She had only just been appointed and was learning the ropes!

She told me I was very unlikely to qualify for any help with childcare. I am a full-time female GP with a young son and childcare is a big monthly expense.

I am reducing to three days per week in the autumn and, should we increase our family, we will have to be careful with our money. I do extra out-of-hours shifts so we have some holiday and rainy day money put by.

If we have another child, I will continue to do so, but it will be in order to line the pockets of our nursery owners (their staff certainly don't earn much!).

So where has the £6 million earmarked by the Government gone? The so-called 'family friendly policy' is a joke as far as myself and my colleagues are concerned.

Dr Fran Dore-Green

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

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