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Much of the problem with finding a partnership (Letters, September 10) is due to partnerships' reluctance to take on partners so as to maintain or even increase their new post-QOF earnings.

One could say partnerships are exploiting the new contract rules for their own financial gain. Previously there was a financial incentive in the form of practice allowance to take on a partner rather than a salaried GP. Now despite the high on-costs (>20 per cent) of employing a salaried GP and the lack of seniority pay, it is still cheaper to take GPs on as salaried GPs rather than partners. If salaried doctors continue to take jobs on at 50-60 per cent of the going pay for partners then things will not change.

I took a couple of years out of partnership but have 20 years' experience in general practice. For the past year I have been looking for jobs locally. There are salaried jobs going (and remaining vacant) but the few advertised partnerships get large numbers of applicants.

The market is distorted and there are many fewer partnerships than GPs applying. I know there are lots of us out here looking and willing to take on the responsibility of partnership ­ but no jobs. It would be interesting if Pulse could survey applications/interests in GP jobs comparing salaried and partnership vacancies.

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