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Doctors' pay is no laughing matter

Dr Colin Spencer's letter where he contrasted a locum's earnings with a plumber's (January 27) reminded me of a joke in the Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics a few years ago.

A plumber attended a lady to repair the blocked sink. After a mere 15 minutes' work his bill was 60 dollars. Aghast and annoyed the woman told the plumber: 'Last year I took my child to a paediatrician. He thoroughly examined, wrote a script, arranged an X-ray and blood tests. It took him an hour. He charged me only 40 dollars.'

The plumber replied: 'Madam, last year I was working as a paediatrician.'

Dr Anand Deshpande

Westhoughton

Lancashire

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