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One in three Spanish GPs leaves NHS

One in three of the Spanish GPs hired in the first wave of the Government's international recruitment drive has left the NHS.

The Department of Health recruited 19 GPs to north-west England in February 2002 on one-year contracts, but only 12 have stayed on.

Dr Peter Fink, secretary of Manchester LMC, said the GPs should have been given more support. 'In retrospect that was a mistake,' he said.

Karen Sidebottom, project manager for the recruitment campaign, said the remaining GPs had stayed 'above and beyond their commitment'.

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