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How drama queen sold herself for a new job

Hardworking GPs are flocking to dating agencies to find a mate. And they are proving the most popular pick for potential partners, writes Anna Goldie.

Agency Sara Eden Personal Introductions says it has had a 25 per cent increase in the number of GPs on its books ­ with January the most popular month for new joiners. Karen Mooney, founder of the company, said GPs complained they did not get to meet potential partners because they worked such long hours.

'A lot of them say they don't have the time to find a partner after looking after other people,' she said. 'I think they take stock in January and say ''I worked too damn hard last year, I'm going to think of myself for a change''.'

She added: 'GPs have always been incredibly popular, especially male GPs with women. I think it's because they come across as bright, caring, nurturing ­ all good potential father material.'

Peter, a GP in Surrey, said he joined an agency because he had been so busy he was just 'chugging along' without meeting people.

He added: 'There were no shortage of people wanting to meet me as a GP. Obviously any involvement with a patient is a no-no and you just can't interact with people in the same way as in other offices.'

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