Career options available to general practitioner assistants

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7156.476 (Published 15 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:476

Options are restricted for doctors not wishing to become partners

EDITOR—Numbers of general practitioners are dwindling, so why is it almost impossible to find a post as a general practitioner assistant? Practices are penalised for taking on assistants instead of partners, because out of hours allowance, basic practice allowance, minor surgery and health promotion payments, cytology and immunisation payments, and postgraduate education allowance are payable only for partners. The BMA exacerbates the situation by refusing to provide guidelines on salaries, quoting job variability as an excuse, even though this does not prevent it from recommending fees for loans.

As I have worked for the NHS for seven years, I deserve a position that …

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