Letters, calls and emails: Chocolates, not fancy dress key to happiness

Dear Editor

I fully agree that clothes make a difference to appearance (GP, 18 May). The pictures were thought provoking, but surely cannot be of working full time GPs, present, past or future.

To give an impression of professionalism is important. With a figure like that, patients might question one's clinical competence as a doctor.

We all remember the days when patients said things like 'you're too young to be a doctor'.

With the added stresses and pressures of GP life, let us be realistic: how many of us female GPs have a figure like that and can actually fit into those clothes. Not to forget our male colleagues.

My patients come to see me to get better, not to look at my collection of trendy clothes. If I started that, my next door surgery will lose their patients as they will be queuing up to see me in my new outfit.

The recent research proved dark chocolates keep you happy and that is what we need at our work place.

I would rather be happy with a misshapen figure.

Dr Anita Sharma, Oldham.

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