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The price must be right for out-of-hours work

Afee of £60 an hour has been quoted by a west London

co-operative as a realistic aspiration for GPs wishing to work out-of-hours shifts for co-ops and deputising firms under the new contract. And this is right and proper.

It is a scandal that GPs are currently being paid as little as £25 an hour

by co-operatives and commercial agencies

to compromise their sleep and domestic

lives.

This inflation in shift rates was predicted after the GPC opted to protect the income of GPs who ditch out-of-hours work under the new contract. However, we must remember that some GPs cannot give up out-of-hours work because their practices are in remote areas, or do not wish to give it up.

The Government must ensure that all GPs are well compensated regardless of their beliefs or circumstances.

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