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A GP has started the hunt

for the UK's poorest general practice.

Suspecting that his own practice in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, might take the prize, Dr John Cormack is contacting PCTs to find out if they have any GPs who

are earning less than he is. This would be difficult, Dr Cormack says, as he earns nothing.

'Taking into account what I have paid into the practice to keep it running, I have probably earned nothing in the past year,' he said.

Dr Cormack said 100 PCTs had so far replied that they had no practice earning less.

However, 14 had claimed they had one or more worse-off practice in their area.

Dr Cormack said he would research these cases to determine the true winner.

'I simply could not imagine that there might be another GP in the entire NHS crazy enough to work in these circumstances.'

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