Letters, calls and emails: The writing is on the wall for the ordinary doctor

Thank you GP for highlighting the implications of prime minister Gordon Brown's speech on health screening and extended GP hours.

Each GP will lose £17,000 of quality income annually and suffer an increase of consulting hours workload, after hours, of at least 10 per cent.

Extended-hours surgeries are sure to be clogged up by the worried well who could as easily attend in normal hours, and health screening for pot-bellied chain smokers.

So, what can GPs do? Just work harder and harder under duress till they snap and join the GP scrap heap.

And what of the long-suffering taxpaying patients and their families? Good patients will, as always, suffer with good GPs.
Dr Vijay Bansal, Warrington.

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