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Commuter-belt GP

I voted for the contract, but I didn't see anything else on offer.

I don't like all this number crunching and it doesn't mean you're a better doctor if you are doing it. But there are lots of bad practices out there and it's difficult to standardise care, so if this contract does then that's quite a good thing.

The Red Book was very out of date and this seemed more like PMS and having come from a PMS practice previously I voted for it.

It's not that we've not been doing the work before now, it's that we've not been getting it on the computer so we've been doing lots of number crunching in the last 12 months.

It's been a huge amount of work. We've put in a new computer system and are virtually paperless now.

We've had our notes summarised and as we come to a patient's notes are identifying what needs to be Read-coded and how by our administration staff.

I think it's all a bit scary ­ thinking will we still get paid out of this one lump sum and will we reach all the quality markers?

Our nurses have sent out loads of letters asking people to come in for check-ups.

I'm definitely going to opt out of out-of-hours but we have a deputising service so it's not going to make much difference at all really.

We're going to do six of the national enhanced

services including minor surgery, IUCD and

minor injuries.

Dr Shah-naz Whitear

Hadleigh, Essex

Practice profile

Suburban, GMS

·4 whole-time equivalents

·1 salaried GP

·1.5 nurse practitioners

11,500 patients

Relatively affluent area with high numbers of elderly and city commuters

Quality points aspiration


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