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Do not sit in your ivory tower telling us what to do

You featured last week both the plight of Dr Michael Silver before the GMC and the ongoing debacle of our outclassed negotiators fumbling around for a solution to the new contract.

Dr Silver should in any fair system be paid considerable compensation for the anguish caused to himself and his family when his case was incompetently dealt with by the GMC.

And our contract negotiations currently resemble the mud of Flanders ­ sucking us all into an early grave, or retirement. Both these fiascos bring only one thing to mind: those who can do general practice are out there doing it. By and large they do it extremely well for only modest reward.

Those who can't spend most of their time in ivory towers telling the rest of us how it should be done.

The results speak for themselves and we deserve much better. A pox on all their houses.

Dr John Clayden

Holmfirth

West Yorkshire

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