Letter: What has Labour done for GPs lately? Not much

Dr Alan Keith is quite right in some of his comments (GP, 26 February). Years ago, his Labour friends did indeed do some useful deeds.

However, the emphasis is on 'years ago'. Now we have backdoor privatisation on a massive scale; closures of A&E departments and whole hospitals for purely financial reasons; GPs being portrayed as overpaid and underworked; and huge amounts of cash spent on overlapping quangos and layers of useless bureaucracy.

I could go on - but a doctor who was one of his own ilk has said it better. Dr Answara Ali, who was a Labour councillor and the Labour 'face of the NHS' in east London, has quit in disgust. She is reported as saying: 'Gordon Brown's obsession with top-down targets and a tick-box culture has ruined the morale and goodwill of national health staff.

'Ill health and early death in the East End is a direct result of Labour's failure to bring real reform to the NHS.'

Dr Cornel Fleming, Highgate, north London

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