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Life as a new GP partner

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I am a partner and tend to arrive at work at 8.30 and leave at 6.30. There are probably 2 days a month when i feel rushed for lunch and 2 days a month when workload snowballs and I finish at 7. I never finish after 7.15, that is when the cleaners lock up. One day a week we have lunch during the practice meeting - that day is busy. We give ourselves a good number of leave days and generous terms with sickness and maternity. We do work hard during the day, but the day is rarely extended as a result. We do well financially - much better than I could do as a salaried doctor or even a locum. Therefore my shorter workday is not a reflection of a surgery that does not prioritise financial outcomes. We do have lots of things in our favour with our surgery. Nice area, cooperative patients and a dispensary, but we are not the only practice with that combination. Don't let the workload in this article, or the general moaners, discourage you from finding out what being a partner is like. I love it and am still making a very successful career from it. The opportunities are out there, it might take some work to find the right place.

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20 Aug 2017

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11:47pm

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