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Independents' Day

GP goes on strike over war with Iraq

Dr Richard Lawson is going on strike for 15 minutes a week in protest against the rush to war on Iraq. Every Monday he goes into his waiting room in Congresbury, Somerset, to explain to patients and apologise for the delay. 'The vast majority agree with what I'm doing,' said Dr Lawson, a former parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. 'One person reported me to the PCT which checked I had emergency cover for my strike time, which of course I have. GPs have a duty to show leadership on this issue.'

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