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We've been duped by monstrous new contract

Welcome Dr Pullinger (Letters, July 26) and Dr Reggler (Features, July 26) to the happy band of those deciding we'd had enough of the illusion of being 'independent contractors' to an increasingly bureaucratic NHS. I suspect they already regret not having made the shift earlier!

In the mid-1980s, after periods in hospital medicine and general practice, the limited drugs list convinced me that uninformed managerial interference was here. Since then, changes to general practice have been outrageous.

After 18 years of very happy independent medical practice, a financially rewarding four-day week with no out-of-hours, and freedom to practise without external dictates, I have no regrets.

Now at 65, I work one-and-a-half days weekly purely for fun, hopefully keeping neuronal myelin intact. Who knows, I may become one of the rare breed of doctors – forced to retire at 70!

Remember, there's plenty of rewarding clinical work outside the NHS.

Dr Stephen Wood

Bath, Somerset

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