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Dr Baljit Bhullar says she earns 30 per cent less than the salaried and locum GPs she employs to help her cope with demand as a result of the new contract.

Dr Bhullar, a singlehanded GP in Feltham, Middlesex, said she had no spare time to do more work herself and had to take on the sessional GPs just to keep her surgery going.

'I've got my electricity to pay, my mortgage to pay and I don't get the premises reimbursed by the PCT like some health centres because it's my own property.'

She added: 'I don't have time to do private work, even though there's a lot of it about. I have a family that I want to see ­ I can't spend all my time doing medicine.'

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