Letters, calls and emails: Writing is on the wall for general practice

Dear Editor

To take a contrary view to Dr Jeremy Platt, one must conclude that UK general practice has been through its renaissance and has now been consigned to the care of the time-and-motion specialists (GP, 13 October).

Given the funding cuts to GP training, we, like North Sea oil, are now over the hill. The effort that went into the academic side of general practice over the final quarter of the twentieth century is being squandered by box tickers and Fat Controllers. They must have their own way with the train set.

This suits the political elite just fine and it is they who have to answer at the polls.

In passing, we have been subsumed by protocol and rote. Be it Animal Farm or 1984, this reader of George Orwell is impressed. The question has to be: how can this ‘outcome’ come as any surprise?

Dr Charles A R Brown
Garelochhead, Argyle and Bute

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