Letters

Doctors' retainer scheme

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7073.75b (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:75

Time limit of five years may be too short for some doctors

  1. Helen E Macleod, General practitioner on doctors' retainer schemea
  1. a Blantyre Health Centre, Blantyre
  2. b Medical Women's Federation, London WC1H 9HX

    Editor–Alison Douglas and Ian McCann report their study of opinions on the doctors' retainer scheme among people who have been on the scheme and among general practitioner employers.1 While I welcome the many sensible suggestions put forward and agree that membership of the scheme should be regarded as temporary, I believe that the suggested five year limit is far too inflexible. My situation illustrates why. I started on the scheme near the end of my first pregnancy. Five years later I had three children, aged 4½, 2½, and 10 months (and the next year …

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