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GP careers go 'down the pan'

Dr Karen Anderson is one of hundreds of doctors being prevented from returning to a career in general practice because of Government cuts in training.

She left general practice following the birth of her second son four years ago and wants to retrain via the GP Returner scheme. But a Government decision to axe £7 million support for the programme means she cannot take the course.

Dr Anderson, who lives in Axford, near Basingstoke, said she felt like a victim of an indirect form of sexual discrimination.

She said: 'My heart is general practice. I always knew it was what I wanted to do and I have lived and breathed medicine.'

Dr Anderson said she knew of at least 40 other doctors whose training had effectively been 'thrown down the pan'.

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