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Improve recruitment? This will make it worse

We are being told to 'get real' by our leaders with regard to our attitude to the new contract. As a grassroots GP I don't feel I can get any more real with regards to the difficulties posed in practising modern medicine to an increasingly well-informed and demanding general populace. I find these remarks, from those patently no longer in this arena, quite unnecessary.

The introduction of 'quality' targets is only going to make our job harder. Just ask any teacher in the public sector. This contract was supposed to alleviate the problems of general practice and improve recruitment and morale.

If it is introduced I fear in future we will all look back and realise it actually did the opposite. By then individual professional autonomy and general practice as we know it will be irretrievably lost.

Dr Adrian Millman

Fareham, Hants

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