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GPs flock to 'burnt-out dysfunctional' practice

Dr Charlie Daniels's practice has found a novel way of tackling the GP recruitment crisis and attracting GPs to apply for a vacant partnership. The practice, in Torquay, Devon, has had far more responses than expected after advertising for a 'lazy full-time GP to join five burnt-out desperate partners'.

The advert promised 'well below average' income and said the current partners' problems included 'alcohol abuse, female sexual dysfunction and financial impropriety'. Dr Daniels said he ran the advert because every other GP vacancy advert made it sound as if there were no problems with recruitment. 'They say they are all marvellous practices, with good teams, IT systems and links to hospitals,' he said.

The wording of his advert meant news of the vacancy spread quickly, and many GPs asked for the true practice profile. Dr Daniels said: 'There have been three or four good applicants. If you talk to other GPs locally they are lucky to get one applicant.'

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