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Working less? I am certainly not!

From Dr Stephen Fox

Leigh, Lancashire

What a bloody cheek. Professor Sibbald claims GPs are working fewer hours for more money (News, 22 June).

Every GP in my LMC area is complaining of working extra hours.

Our pay increased a little over the last year, but certainly not £15,000.

Our pay this year will drop like a stone. This is because we have had to increase the pay of our staff while not having any increase in our own pay (not even for inflation).

The idea seems to be that we could work even harder and take on local enhanced services as a foil against the lack of a pay rise.

However, the total intransigence of PCTs has meant all that money has been diverted to tier 2 services and away from GPs. So that's a double whammy.

I am sick and tired of these 'academic people' spouting off when they obviously have views totally divorced from the reality of the NHS frontline.

Choose and Book is adding

40-60 minutes to my day.

It still only works intermittently despite protests to the PCT and computer system helpline.

We will be penalised on our QOF points for not using this system. It really makes you want to Booze and Chuck. I am totally disgusted.

• From Dr Joseph McConville Enniskillen

Co. Fermanagh

We are working much harder (and the recent changes to the QOF will add to this).

We are probably working at least 25 per cent more hours and at a high quality and intensity – there is no

time for breaks and no half-day.

The Government got a good deal. It's a pity they did not extract the same increase in performance from secondary care.

• From Dr Tony Roberts

Bootle, Merseyside

I'm working longer hours since the new contract was introduced.

Surgery times are longer since we went to 10-minute appointments and the problems are more complex.

The simpler stuff is dealt with by our nurses.

The paperwork and keeping the quality points on track adds to administration time, probably an extra hour a day.

I think I am now working at least 50 hours a week.

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