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I quit to spend more time with patients

Dr Geoffrey Smith is the latest GP to quit his post as principal so he can spend more time with patients.

Dr Smith, a GP in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, a recruitment troublespot, is prepared to take a pay cut ­ working for an out-of-hours co-op and as a locum.

'What I enjoy about general practice is seeing patients. Over the past 12 years in general practice, the ability to do that has been eroded. I don't think the new contract is going to change things.'

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