I’d trim out-of-hours to fit in weekend working

Dear Editor

As your front page shows, many GPs already work 50 hours per week (GP, 2 February).

I work a session for the local out-of-hours service, in my case, a six-hour Saturday-evening shift.

If I had to work longer hours or Saturday mornings, I would have to give up this session, and I am sure I would not be alone in this. This would reduce the workforce available to keep the out-of-hours service running.

I shall seriously consider the MedEconomics article about buying added years in order to retire at 60.

I had planned to work until I was 65, but the thought of a longer week with increased unremunerated work under more quality indicators fills me with absolute dread.

I thought slavery was abolished centuries ago.

Dr Chris Houghton

Birstall Batley, West Yorkshire

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