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Fight for flexibility

Flexible career scheme GPs have been urged to stand up for their employment rights if their job comes under threat.

Once employed for 12 months, FCS GPs have full employment rights and after two years are entitled to redundancy payment, the GPC has advised.

It warned practices that terminating employment because PCT funding had ended would be deemed unfair dismissal.

The GPC said money from the Primary Care Development Scheme should not be used to continue funding for FCS posts.

Dr Clarissa Fabre, GPC member and a GP in Uckfield, East Sussex, said PCTs and practices should continue to support FCS posts.

'I think [practices] would accept less reimbursement than under the current FCS system. We respond to money, but I think we could take them on with 20 per cent in the first year and 10 per cent in the second.'

The flexible careers scheme has come under threat after the Government transferred responsibility, but not funding, to health authorities.

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