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J Health Organ Manag. 2005;19(1):5-15.

General practitioner non-principals benefit from flexible working.

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  • 1NHS Education for Scotland, North Scotland Region, Aberdeen, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study is to explore non-principals' working patterns and attitudes to work.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:

The article is based on data provided by a questionnaire survey. Findings - Gender division was apparent among the non-principals. Males were more likely to work full-time, because their spouses modified their working hours.

RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS:

It was impossible to identify all non-principals in Scotland or to compare responders and non-responders, due to the lack of official data. Hence, the results might not be representative.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:

More flexible posts would enable GPs to more easily combine paid work with family commitments. It is anticipated that the new GP contract should deliver this.

ORIGINALITY/VALUE:

This was the first time a study of all non-principals in Scotland had been attempted. The findings provide a more comprehensive picture of GPs in Scotland and provide valuable information for policymakers.

PMID:
15938599
DOI:
10.1108/14777260510592103
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