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I'm working longer and harder

Dr Steve Haigh has no truck with research (Pulse, June 22) showing GPs are working four hours a week less under the new contract.

He has been doing his own time and motion study since 1997 and it shows he's working just as long as he ever has. And that's even after giving up out-of-hours.

In 2000, Dr Haigh, a GP in Livingston, West Lothian, worked 63 hours 13 minutes a week. To date this year, it is 62 hours 27 minutes. Dr Haigh said he had a big pay rise as a result of the contract but in-hours work had become more intense.

'I arrive about 7.45am, leave at 7pm, eat my lunch while I'm working and have no rest time.

'Although it's still a good job in money terms I'm less and less inclined to recommend it.'

• Letters, page 17

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