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I put quality of life before the extra money

Dr Eric Ward reckons the new contract will leave him better off financially, but less happy at work. And he described the contract as 'a tragedy'.

Dr Ward said: 'Patients are coming in with completely unrelated problems and we're asking questions about their blood pressure. It doesn't help us give patient-centred care.'

He has to come to his eight-partner practice in Settle, in north Yorkshire, on at least three evenings a week to catch up on IT and data imputing.

'I'm not good at typing, which makes it harder. I suppose that I could learn to touch type, but I don't want to. I feel I'm a doctor not a typist.'

His practice aspired to 1,000 points and Dr Ward believes it will probably get them. He added: 'I am more interested in quality of life than money.'

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