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Maternity leave will cost me £28,000

When Dr Anne Hampton became pregnant she did not expect it could cost her £28,000 to take maternity leave from her practice.

But with nine weeks until her due date, that's the bill for locum cover she is facing as a result of her PCT's decision to axe discretionary maternity payments.

Dr Hampton, a GP in Stroud, Gloucestershire, said the sudden decision by Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, West Gloucestershire and Cotswold and Vale PCTs left the practice with no time to make contingency plans.

She said: 'Should this policy be implemented in Gloucestershire, it would be easy to spread it across the country and it's going to become very unattractive to become a partner in a practice and very unattractive for partners to employ woman GPs.'

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