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GP hearings resume over Shipman forms

I had to write to tell you how embarrassed I was when a social worker friend read Dr Phil Peverley's column (June 4).

He should hear the cliches about arrogant and ignorant doctors that abound in social work lore ­ and he plays up to them all.

No social worker would express himself in a social work journal in such a manner, however. The journal wouldn't publish it for one thing.

Dr Peverley really needs to educate himself about the function of social work ­ a profession I have found to ease the stresses of my job as a GP.

Doctors are not the only professionals working a stupid system at the limit of our capacity.

Dr Peverley's mistaken assumption that we are will hardly encourage fruitful inter-professional co-operation.

Nor will parrotting cliches about an underrated profession: they are graduates with a knowledge base which is in some ways more sophisticated than ours.

The patient was off his legs and faecally incontinent. Both need medical assessment, as does alcohol addiction.

The social problems were secondary. We get paid well, so stop whining Dr Pevereley and, if you feel that social workers are not doing their job, make an appointment to discuss it with their manager.

Dr A Gawn

Grangemouth

Shame on Dr Phil Peverley for his offensive article about a new nursing home (Columnists, June 18), and shame on Pulse for printing it. I assume the piece was meant to be funny as the index says that Dr Phil Peverley 'entertains you'.

I did not find it in the least amusing, nor did any of the patients who read it at my request.

It appears that in including the article Pulse believes it should have a wide circulation. I thought I would help with this and have circulated it to Action on Elder Abuse for their immediate attention.

Lesley Sterling-Baxter

Assistant Director Patient Empowerment and Consumer Development

North Bradford PCT

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