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Caving in to pressure isn't helping

Although I have every sympathy with the points raised by Phil Peverley, I feel that GPs are their own worst enemies.

We hear reports that the number of GPs who have caved in and are offering extended hours according to the prescriptive conditions laid down by the Government is increasing every month.

This allows Labour politicians to crow about how they have improved patient access. GPs should make a stand and refuse to offer extended hours.

It may be, of course, that this is the normal Government strategy of manipulating the statistics.

Allan Stewart, practice manager, Liverpool

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