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Future GPs to start 'flexible'

The GPs of the future want flexible career options in their first few years in practice rather than traditional partnerships.

A straw-poll of registrars at the national conference for GPs-to-be in Leeds last week revealed only a fifth planned to apply for principal posts immediately on qualifying.

One-third said they would opt for locum work and a further third wanted a salaried job. One in three of the 30 registrars polled said they would consider applying for partnership after a few years in the job.

Dr Martin Beastall, a GP registrar in Doncaster, said doing locum work was more attractive. He said: 'It gives you a chance to compare practices. It doesn't seem to make much sense rushing into a partnership.'

Dr David Wrigley, deputy-chair of the GPC educational subcommittee, advised registrars to locum first to get familiar with practices in their local area.

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