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When my training place was axed I burst into tears

Dr Kirsty Schmidt couldn't believe what she was seeing when she opened London deanery's letter telling her her training place had been axed.

She said: 'I had to read the first paragraph four or five times before it would sink in – then I burst into tears. My upset soon turned to anger, which is what fuelled me to stand up and fight for our jobs.

'How dare someone take

these posts away from us when we've worked so hard and

passed rigorous exams to train

as GPs?'

Dr Schmidt said the Government did not care about the people affected by cuts to training budgets.

'I'm getting married within

the year and now don't even know where I will be working.

'Being a doctor is a vocation career and I can't imagine doing anything else – you give everything you have to help people every day.'

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt had refused to meet with her about the cuts, Dr Schmidt said.

'I was told to put my complaint in writing – a complete fob-off, basically,' she added.

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