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A BMA survey that has followed a group of doctors since their graduation in 1995 has discovered that general practice is an increasingly attractive career option.

The annual survey of 486 doctors has found that the proportion who plan to become GPs has doubled from fewer than one in five in 1995 to more than a third in 2004.

But the survey, published at the BMA's annual conference this week, also found medical school left doctors unprepared for the realities of a medical career. Six out of 10 doctors said life in the NHS was not what they had expected.

Simon Eccles, chair of the BMA's junior doctors committee, was 'dismayed' and called for mentors to follow doctors' careers from medical school.

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