Letters: GPs have little in common with pilots - for now

I agree with Dr Relton Cummings' observations about the discrepancies in the job descriptions of airline pilots and GPs (GP, 16 October).

I am reminded of a conversation with an academic anaesthetist friend who talks with some conviction about the similarities of airline pilots with anaesthetists.

For both professions, 99 per cent of the 'work' and 'excitement' comes at the beginning and end of proceedings and generally the time in the middle is fairly uneventful. This is not a comparison we would make to the GP's working day.

Pilots do, however, undergo frequent checks of their skills, especially in emergencies, so revalidation will soon be a feature we have in common.

Dr Mike McGhee, Castle Donington, Derby

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