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Since I never earned more than about £200 from drug trials, I was
fascinated to read Dr Spence's account of the big bucks some make. Is it
not the case though that GPs are mostly far too busy to take on this work?
Unlike paid researchers in academic departments who have some chance of
recruiting a patient or two in a morning and still getting a lunch break?
I recall turning down drug trials simply because I did not have time to
take them on. Might it be that large fees are simply a necessary
compensation for work squeezed into already full days?
Declan Fox MB MRCGP
No competing interests
15 May 2006
Declan P Fox
6 Ballymullarty Road, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone BT78 4NP