The media and the government are in an unholy alliance. The former needs to fill column inches and the latter routinely uses 'briefings' to the media to influence public opinion and weaken its enemies.
Maybe we should be gratified that the government thinks we are important enough to smear.
GPs are popular. Politicians often aren't. A combination of envy and a desire to put someone down may be at the root of the anti-GP campaign. If you put someone down it can only elevate your own status. This is especially important if your overriding goal is re-election.
Perhaps politicians don't worry that their antics may harm patient care because they believe that GPs really are dedicated professionals who wouldn't let a bit of political manure interfere with the delivery of best patient care! Should we be pleased or what?
Dr Lewis Miller, Belfast.