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We're all flexible here

Dr Blythe Wilkinson's practice in Oxford is a bastion of part-time working, with all 14 GPs working flexibly.

Dr Wilkinson (pictured on the left with colleagues) says that although she has children, her decision to work four sessions a week was a lifestyle choice. She said: 'General practice is testing as a career and it is important to balance enjoyment of the job with family commitments.'

Government efforts to make practices open longer will have an impact on those GPs with family commitments who

are unable to work into the evenings or at weekends, said

Dr Wilkinson.

Cuts to the GP returners scheme were already damaging general practice's position as a flexible career option, she added.

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