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GPs could quit LMCs over contract work

GPs working for LMCs are considering quitting their posts because of excessive workload brought on by the new contract.

LMC secretaries said they were having to cut back on sessions at their practice so they could read contract documents, deal with inquiries from GPs and attend meetings with PCOs.

Dr David Dickson, secretary of South Staffordshire LMC, said he now has to commit an extra session a week to the LMC in his own time.

'There's been a massive increase in workload,' he said. 'It has an impact on your personal and family life. I have considered whether it's possible to continue at this level.'

Dr Simon Parkinson, secretary of Worcestershire LMC, said the volume of work was 'a big stress'. The pressure of negotiating enhanced services deals for colleagues has increased the pressure, he added.

'That's not something I expected to do and I don't want to make mistakes,' Dr Parkinson said.

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