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I feel exploited and let down

I completely agree with the sentiments expressed by the GP who complained partners were boosting their incomes at the expense of salaried colleagues (Letters, 27 September).

I feel completely let down by the new contract, which paved the way for this exploitation and cleverly anticipated the greed of GPs in order to sound the death knell of general practice.

The next generation of GPs will all be salaried on vastly reduced pay, which will meet the Government's agenda. How can the BMA have been so shortsighted?

The new contract for salaried GPs (August 2007) has attempted to go some way to addressing the issues of inequality.

It has given salaried GPs a generous study leave allowance and attempted to quantify work. It has, however, failed salaried GPs again on two counts. First, it does not apply to PMS practices, which are often the worst culprits, and second the pay scales suggested are still only about half of partners' salaries.

It is time partners remembered this is public money and is not supposed to be used to allow them to buy holiday houses in Europe.

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