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GP poll must include option of action

Last night I attended a meeting of Leeds doctors working in general practice called by the LMC.

For the first time in my GP life I even wore a suit. At some subconscious level, I think I was dressing in anticipation of either the renaissance of real British general practice or its funeral.

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPC, and his colleague on the platform, the very highly paid medical director of Leeds PCT, detailed how British GPs were to be cut down at Gordon Brown's populist behest.

It seems we can die either by cremation or burial, but a productive professional life lived in dignity is not an option.

We now desperately need leadership and all we are getting is a vote for one or other of two shameless Government diktats. Next year will be even worse.

If you are a GP who believes that you are worth your income, are respected by your patients and know you are doing as good a job as you can, please believe in yourself enough to demand another option on the ballot paper.

Otherwise we will go to the slaughter like demoralised donkeys led by pussy cats masquerading as lions.

No other occupational group in this country would tolerate such an assault by a Government of any political colour.

We do our patients no service by facilitating the destruction of all that we have worked for on their behalf.

Dr Alistair Cameron, Pudsey, West Yorkshire

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