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GPs' medical indemnity: safe in our hands

I was a little surprised at the finding in your survey about GPs deserting labour

(News, March 5). This phenomenon of dissatisfaction with a ruling party is not uncommon, particularly during the period approaching a general election.

I am not a Labour supporter but must admit that noticeable positive changes have occurred during the last few years.

For patients:

•They are getting better care.

•Referral letters are sent to hospitals the same day via e-referrals.

•Urgent cancer patients are being seen within a matter of days.

•Non-urgent cases are also seen by specialist clinic much sooner.

•Patients are now able to book their own appointments to suit their need.

•Those with chronic diseases are getting far superior evidence-based care under the new GMS contract.

•Patients have access not only to GPs and A&E, but have walk-in centres, out-of-hours surgeries and NHS Direct.

For GPs:

•We no longer have out-of-hours responsibilities.

•All our computer systems are now owned by PCTs with no cost to the practice.

•Practices are supported by various facilitators in IT and prescribing at no cost to the practice.

•Some practices are supported by a salaried GP at no cost to the practice.

•Our income has gone up substantially – I hope to earn more than £100,000 this year.

Compare this with the contract pushed down our throats by the Conservatives under Ken Clarke in the 1990s. I would definitely vote Labour this time.

Dr John Godfrey

Liverpool

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