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New contract will breed 'nine to five' generation

The new contract risks breeding a generation of 'nine-to-five doctors' because it makes no provision for training registrars in out-of-hours work, claims Dr Sureshini Sanders.

Dr Sanders, chair of West Lothian GP Trainers Group and a GP in Livingston, said: 'Many GPs are opting out of on-call work, but we need to make sure that people are trained to do these things.'

She added: 'Would you like to have a partner who had never been on call and would not know how to do it?' In her survey of GPs and registrars at Westdoc co-op in West Lothian, all seven registrars reported that working on call was a useful training experience.

Four felt their triaging skills had 'vastly improved'.

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