Letters, calls and emails: GPs should follow the example of dentists

Dear Editor

I am disgusted at the way general practice incomes have been pilloried in the press, and, maddened by the lack of fighting talk from our leaders.

This government is adept at getting its facts wrong and has done so yet again on pay.

It is a calculated ploy, of course. The DoH despises what is left of GP independence.

So, the pay review talks break down and, a few days later, a DoH press release damns GPs in the public eye while the media lap it up like poodles.

My practice is set to see a 10 per cent profits fall over the next year because of rising expenses at a time when our tax hit is maximal.

For years general practice lagged behind comparable professions and only now is GP pay reasonable for what we do. But it’s going to decline fast, now that the DoH is stabbing us in the back.

I did not vote for this damnable contract and I wish the profession had done likewise. It is time we resigned en masse and followed the example of dentists. What a joy it would be to be free of the quality framework that makes GPs jump like chained bears to the whip of the DoH.

Dr Nick Down

Oxshott, Surrey

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