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French GPs are being enticed to work in London by shorter hours, no on-call and greater part-time working opportunities, a study has found.

The qualitative research, published in this month's Bri-tish Journal of General Practice, concluded that French GPs saw England as 'offering attractive employment and personal opportunities' compared with their home country.

Author Dr Karen Ballard, a lecturer at the department of general practice and primary care at King's College London, said the 'push' to leave France was greater than the 'pull' to cross the Channel.

French GPs complained of too many home visits, 60- to 70-hour weeks and having to ask patients for money.

'For women they can work part-time and that's very difficult in France,' Dr Ballard said. 'The doctors also like the idea of working in teams with health visitors and other GPs. The majority of them worked on their own in France.'

Dr Yann Lefeuvre, one of the 31 French GPs working in London who were interview-ed, said he and his wife ­ also a salaried GP in London ­ valued the lack of out-of-hours commitment. He said: 'I was working in A&E in France in a private hospital and the workload was too much for me.'

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