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GP woes...violence

GP woes...violence, GMC hearings and the contract

One of the doctors at our co-operative Sefdoc was attacked recently by a person wielding a scaffold pole and significant damage was caused to our car.

The court gave this person a conditional discharge. I am given to understand this person may have been charged with an infinitely more serious offence since that time. Previously, one of my partners was assaulted and the police merely gave the assailant a caution.

We are effectively public servants and feel we should receive the protection most public servants enjoy. If a judge was assaulted I doubt that such a lenient sentence would be given.

Dr MI Hughes

Waterloo, Liverpool

I am amused at the GMC's defence of openness and transparency relating to doctors facing allegations of misconduct (Letters, November 10).

In the same spirit I believe that doctors should know I have a complaint alleging serious professional misconduct by Finlay Scott, the chief executive, but have been waiting since July 2002 for a robust and independent procedure to be set up to consider the allegation.

I am still waiting despite the assertion made to the Charity Commission by the GMC that such a process would be put in place.

Dr Richard Colman

York

North Yorkshire

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In the piece on the screening of asylum seekers for tuberculosis (News, November 10) you quoted figures showing that no cases had been found among 4,340 people screened during the course of the programme.

Latest figures, published in The Lancet this month, indicate that 10 cases have come to light among the 8,500 asylum seekers who have been screened.

Dr Peter Le Feuvre

Dover

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Dr Hanraty is not alone (Letters, November 17) ­ after 17 years as a principal I too have resigned over this contract. How long before the trickle becomes flood?

Dr Ian Maclure

Stockport, Cheshire

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