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I would quit as a trainer

Dr Richard Stevens says he would walk away from GP training if his practice in Oxford had to pay towards registrars' and trainees' salaries.

Dr Stevens said registrars often needed 'intense' amounts of educational input.

He said: 'If you get a good registrar they are a joy and an asset, but you might have one that needs remedial training.'

Foundation year-two doctors were an even bigger drain on resources, he added.

'There's so much they have not had exposure to and require supervision on. There's a net loss in terms of appointments offered.'

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