Letters: More independent MPs needed for GP profession

Why have GPs deserted labour?' (GP, 23 January) How long have you got? Its a very complicated question to answer.

We have seen changes, some of which are in the right direction but keep in mind the curate's egg. The responses mentioned in the article are all perceptive but what is the trend?

Having just read Peter Oborne's The Triumph of the Political Class it is clear that we are being divided and proletarianised to eliminate a competing focus of influence. Some of us are complicit in the process.

Overall, the curate's egg was bad. We need not resign ourselves to serfdom, however. As I have said before - please may we have more independent candidates at the next general election who have the NHS as a major feature of their manifesto.

Having taken early retirement in order to stand at the next election I can report that there is much stimulation and interest in the process and, though I miss the clinical work badly, I feel that I am making a legitimate contribution and I would welcome others to the barricades.

Dr Richard Taylor MP (Independent, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire), my first boss after qualification, has been elected twice on an NHS-related manifesto. So it can be done.

- Dr Steven Ford, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland.

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