Letters, calls and emails: Why is GP pay so high on the media agenda?

Dear Editor

I cannot fathom why our income should be the focus of so much attention.

In my experience of medicine, since qualifying in 1975, we have always been underpaid and worked round the clock.

When Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, when I first entered general practice, she increased GP income by 30 per cent because it had fallen so far behind under Labour. No one said much about it then and I still struggled to afford a house.

If Blair really does back GP pay rises, but others in the government batted on a different wicket, why didn’t he call the dogs off?

The truth is, we are not on a huge income, even now.

Dr Paul J Searle
Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire

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