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An exodus of partners will alienate young GPs and locums


It seems likely we are heading back to where we started before the new contract with an annual income of about £70-£80k wte -- just with all the additional work added. That projected figure includes all our non NHS work as well. In fact, I think this is probably almost official policy 'behind the scenes'. Of course we were able to opt out of out of hours. Then we just needed to get used to working 12 hr + days instead. In many spheres of life, reward for good performance would be considered laudable -- not for GP's apparently. Sadly for younger doctors and patients particularly with regard to consequences , the government have sown the seeds and will reap the whirlwind of their punitive approach to negotiations -- demonstrated already in the significant increase in early retirement of senior doctors which has been pointed out in this article and the difficulty thereby maintaining the same level of service. It's interesting that consultants seem to have entirely escaped criticism for their increase in pay and there is no attempt to cut that back. RIP UK general practice? Yes, I will be taking early retirement.

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18 Apr 2013

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