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I am concerned that the GMC's mission statement 'Protecting patients, guiding doctors' is little more than window dressing.

For many years I have worried about the prescribing of addictive drugs by slimming clinics. The patients who use these services are often very vulnerable and may be suffering from conditions which either intrinsically or because of associated treatment render them at particular risk of complications from the use of amphetamine analogues. All are at risk of addiction. In my experience they are not usually warned about this.

I have written to the GMC on several occasions asking them to investigate the practice of doctors working in slimming clinics. In every case they have declined to do this. A variety of 'reasons' have been given. I wrote again last May.

In December last Sir Graeme Catto was interviewed by the BBC after the publication of the latest instalment of the Shipman Inquiry. I wrote to him about the problem soon afterwards and, in the absence of a reply, again in January. I have had no response.

Is it any wonder that the GMC has lost the respect of the profession, the Establishment and, I suspect, most of the public?

I note, with regret, that Pulse continues to accept advertisements from slimming clinics in its recruitment section.

Dr Michael Blackmore

Ringwood, Hants

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