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Act now to avoid further GP disasters

Regarding the sad news of the GP who was found hanged (News, February 2), it is unfortunate that GPs are pulverised to provide statistical information and audits while the basic ideology of practice is forgotten. I wonder how many GPs are facing a similar situation with their own PCTs and are seriously considering premature retirement. This is likely to turn into an exodus as more and more GPs will take this option rather than face the increasing pressures from PCTs and patients.

The incident of Dr Stephen Farley will shake GP morale. PCTs need to act if they are to avoid further disasters in the GP community.

Dr S Saeed-Ahmad


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