Letters, calls and emails: Flexible shifts will have many problems

Dear Editor

I read with interest your article on reducing the numbers of hours per week work by working flexible shifts (GP, 31 August). I see a number of problems with this model: a) The partners do not appear to have non-surgery time together to meet up for practice meetings. b) It is not cost neutral - you will need to employ reception staff for longer hours. c) There is reduced time allowed for admin and house visits - this is the part of the job that has expanded in recent years and which now stops most of us going home for lunch. I suspect that these GPs would end up doing admin work before or after their last surgery.

Unless the politicians find a way to pay us very well for opening late, I suspect most of us would rather not be doing it.

Dr Alan Stone, Cardiff.

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