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·I am writing as a retired GP doing sessional work (St Thomas's qualified). Recently I was asked to attend an interview for a post at the PEC, only to be turned down. I am a member of the LMC, I have been a chair of the GP divisional committee and now enjoy being Olympic sport doctor, where there is no barrier to race or colour. Why does it seem to exist in the prejudiced institutions such as the PEC, PCT etc?

Dr JS Dhillon

Folkestone, Kent

·After reading your story 'Beat that? 43 years just in one practice' (News, July 23) I felt compelled to contact you regarding my father, Dr Alan Williams, who, after having qualified in 1963, has also completed 43 years in general practice and is still full-time in his own practice in Somerset. I understand there are only a handful of GPs like him who still practise full-time after this many years and thought that he too deserved recognition for maintaining such dedication to what is now such a demanding profession.

Lucinda Williams

Broadway, Somerset

You quoted me as saying the GMC believed its adjudication role should be given to an independent body 'set up by the Government with input from the profession but not paid for by the profession' (News, July 23). When the GMC debated this subject there were a number of people including myself who believed that this is the way forward. But there were also those who had a different view. My concern is that when a panel's findings appear to be at odds with public perception, the GMC is blamed for the decisions of the panel over which it has no control.

Dr Krishna Korlipara

Horwich, Bolton

Regarding Dr Clare Gerada's plea to include alcohol misuse in the next version of the QOF (Clinical, July 23) I have a question: drunk do I need to be hic to get my QOF points? hic

Blest fishes

Dr David Church


A half-dressed man came rushing mid-afternoon to my surgery and asked if the doctor was on the premises, and was advised the doctor was not. He said his dog had been stung by a jellyfish and needed to be seen urgently! Twenty-four-hour access gone too far?

Dr AB Patel

Colwyn Bay

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