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Independents' Day

Contract doesn't tempt locums

A husband and wife who job-share as locums say the new contract will not lure them into full-time partnerships.

Dr Simon Fisher and his wife, Dr Katharina Frey, were drafted in by a PCT in October to keep a singlehanded practice in Newcastle-upon-Tyne open after the GP retired.

Dr Fisher said being free from paperwork and out-of-hours allowed the pair more spare time for hobbies, such as playing the piano.

'Even though there is the opt-out in the new contract it still doesn't entice me because it's still up in the air about when it will happen,' he said.

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