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I applaud the letter by Dr Halsey (June 11) and Pulse for helping grassroots' opinion shape the future of general practice.

The Agenda for Change should encompass:

·communication and relationship with patients

·rewards for experience ­ why on earth can a doctor fresh from a three-year VTS scheme command more or less the same as an established practitioner?

·paying GPs for providing services such as gynaecological procedures, dermatology, ophthalmology, and so on

·paying GPs for all the responsibilities they take on.

Such an agenda may lead to GPs working in co-operatives and being salaried. This will release us to practise medicine and not try to be jack of all trades in the business world.

Dr KS Pandher

Kidlington

Oxford

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