Letter of the Week: GPs respond to Hobson's choice with sheer apathy

Last night I attended an extraordinarily well-attended meeting of Leeds GPs called by the LMC.

For the first time in my GP life I wore a suit. At some level, I think I was dressing in anticipation of either the renaissance of 'real' general practice or its funeral.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey and the medical director of Leeds PCT detailed how GPs were to be cut down at Gordon Brown's populist behest.

It seems we can die either by cremation or burial; a productive professional life lived in some dignity is not an option.

We desperately need leadership and all we are getting is to vote for one of two shameless government diktats.

If you believe that you are worth your income and are respected by your patients, and know you are doing as good a job as you can, please demand another option on the ballot paper. Otherwise we will go to the slaughter like donkeys led by pussy cats masquerading as lions.

No other occupational group in this country would tolerate such an assault by a government of any political colour.

We do our patients no service by facilitating the destruction of all that we have worked for on their behalf.
Dr Alistair Cameron, Pudsey, Leeds.

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