Letters: 'Pensions hike is last straw for GMS GPs'

I read your front-page article on the new pension regime with horror (GP, 28 September).

I have seen profits tumble this year with no directed enhanced service income to speak of and now there is a huge hike in superannuation contributions.

Coupled with increased staff costs in order to keep abreast of the demands of the new contract means that my income is beginning to drop dramatically.

To counter this, I have been working at least four six-hour shifts per month out of hours.

The new contract has been the biggest con ever. Soon we will have to work antisocial hours to maintain our practice income.

I am definitely working much harder and longer hours for less pay and I am now seriously thinking of switching allegiance at the next general election and perhaps leaving the NHS altogether.

Dr David Howard, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.

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