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GPs urged to report alcoholics who drive

I am writing to congratulate you on the manifesto and to offer my full support.

One of my patients, who had been squeezed in as an extra late on Friday afternoon, has just lodged a complaint because I refused to give her antibiotics for her smoker's laryngitis. Enough said!

Dr Jeremy Henry

Moreton, Wirral

·The nightmare of the new GP contract has drawn us all into chaos and confusion.

GPs are racing to meet targets tied to pay packets.

Madness and pressures from all around are beginning to demoralise and raise stress levels to their highest ever. GPs are experiencing progressive fatigue at the end of each long working day, their family life is disrupted and the nights have become shorter and sleepless.

Our inherent ambitions to devote much time talking to and treating the patients have been shattered. We are busy glaring at computer screens. The core values of general practice are whithering away before our eyes.

We seem to have been turned into medical robots to be programmed with enormous tasks and endless responsibilities. The free GP contractor has become a subordinate to obey the commands of bureaucrats.

The politicians are heightening expectations while money is wasted on machinery and management rather than doctors and nurses.

Politicians by now must learn lessons from us. In the run-up to the general election, every GP surgery must get their patients to press the incoming government to undertake real reform of the NHS, giving top priority to the care of patients and the welfare of those who work in it.

Dr Hari Nawal, Bedford, Beds

·I would like to pledge my support for your manifesto campaign. Two questions are raised by this:

·Why are we not striking on March 24 in support of all public sector workers?

·What is the GPC doing on our behalf? Is it time to abandon amateur negotiators and become a properly represented trades union?

Dr John Orchard

(Lifelong Conservative Voter)

Alfreton, Derbyshire

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