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In responding to Dr Dhillon about possible prejudice in job applications (Letters, August 13), I write with eight years' experience as a member of Southend-on-Sea LMC and with several years' experience as a member of Southend PEC.

I do not understand why Dr Dhillon attended an interview for PEC membership.

To the best of my knowledge the rules governing GP membership of PECs are clear: appointment is by peer (GP) election and not by formal interview.

If Dr Dhillon's experience is as he describes it, then it would appear the PCT concerned acted unconstitutionally and according to rules of its own devising.

It is my understanding that GPs should be at the hub of PCTs and should be fully engaged in all decision making, particularly as relates to clinical matters and appointments of professional colleagues.

The exponential growth of PCT bureaucracy and its erosion of the GP role is a source of growing concern.

A continuation of the present situation, in which managers rather than medical practitioners drive policy, will result in the growing alienation of GP members.

Dr Krishna Chaturvedi

Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

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