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43 years as a GP, and counting

In this current politically charged atmosphere, may I ring a lighter note? As England and France formally became more friendly last month, with the French president meeting the Queen, I celebrated my 43rd anniversary of joining the NHS.

I am still working full-time and have enjoyed such good health I have never taken a day off work because of sickness.

It has been fascinating to observe how the various primary care administrations have created a rift between themselves and GPs over the years. The relationship between the family practitioner committees and GPs used to be an entente amicale, which downgraded to entente cordiale when the FHSAs took over. When PCTs came into being, this deteriorated to an entente differente.

But despite it all, I have kept my esprit up, and hope to continue to prop up the NHS in my 44th year. Bonne chance.

Dr Javaid Iqbal, Halewood, Merseyside

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