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Be shot or hung? Call that a choice?

The ballot paper gives us no reasonable choice. It is like asking: do you want to be shot, or hung? Or, when did you stop beating your wife?

The BMA should be ashamed for doing the Government's dirty work for it. There should be a third option offered: 'I do not feel able to accept option A or B.'

If either of the offered options gets votes then the Government will claim it is just giving the profession what it voted for. There would be no prospect of successful industrial action after that. Once more the BMA has let down its members.

Dr G J Saunders, Northwich, Cheshire

The BMA's poll has asked GPs to accept either option A or B. It does not give the choice to those of us who don't accept either A or B.

Surely that option should have been given?

There is no point the GPC saying we have no choice. It is the Government that has not given us the choice and it is up to us to say whether we accept its proposal.

If we all stay united then no Government dare enforce anything upon us.

But ministers are well aware that we will believe their threats and step down, and have taken advantage of this since the advent of the NHS.

Dr Fatehali Hirji, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

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