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OOH proposals are the excuse we need

I feel sorry for prospective GPs, says Dr Nigel Dickson

It’s not the money that will encourage people like me to jump ship (‘GPs expected to provide 24/7 “decision support” under proposed out-of-hours revamp’).

No, it’s the workload that will encourage full-timers like me in their 50s, who are working six- or seven-day weeks, to join the great sea of locum or salaried GPs, doing their session and going home at a reasonable time to do whatever normal people like to do – enjoy family life or have a hobby.

This is the excuse a lot of us have been looking for to leave general practice a few years early. I feel sorry for prospective GPs. Few UK-trained doctors seem to want to be GPs any more.

Dr Nigel Dickson, Southampton

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