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Independents' Day

Back to the old days of 24-hour slavery

I don't believe GPs should take back out-of-hours responsibility. It would be back to the bad old days of slavery and derisory pay.

The service would never be adequately funded and GPs would be blamed for its shortcomings. With the introduction of the urgent care service and polyclinics there is no need for GPs to provide this service.

From Dr FM Hirji, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

PCTs wanted to run out-of-hours at a lower cost than GP co-operatives. Neither the PCT administrators nor politicians realised that GPs in this country have been providing personal and cost-effective services and take pride in this. To think that American advisers and commissioners would provide a better service at low cost is stupid. Why is the US health service such a mess?

I feel sorry for the British public, who have been misled.

From Dr Subhash Kaushal, Caerphilly, South Wales

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