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Squeeze on PMS contracts is the last straw

The squeeze on PMS contracts is just another example of the Department of Health, having allowed us a reasonable increase a few years ago, now finding it can't afford it and clawing back as much as it can.

Would any other group of workers accept this?

A big rise, hard won by negotiation, one year, then pay cuts for the next three years! This profession, once strong and powerful, is becoming the whipping boy of successive governments. I'll be glad to get out in seven or eight years' time when I plan to retire at 60. I know of no colleagues who plan to continue working much beyond that age.

The days when GPs went on working into their 70s and beyond, for the love of it, are long gone. We're messed around by the bean-counters at the Department of Health, have the goalposts moved on contract requirements without the least negotiation or agreement and have accreditation and revalidation thrust on us by regulatory organisations composed largely of non-medical people.

This is not the profession I was proud to join a mere 28 years ago. How have we allowed it to get like this?

From Dr Andrew Hamilton, Unst, Shetland

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