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Having some experience of the strains and pressures of GP life (my husband and my brother are GPs) I was pleased to see that Dr Phil Peverley has found the time to write about social workers.

However, I was staggered by his ignorance. Has he never heard of Children In Need, care in the community, child protection etc, not to mention the vast

array of legislation implemented by social workers to address society's needs and problems?

The vast majority of social workers are a hardworking conscientious bunch, badly paid, overworked and stressed to the hilt. Most of us are trained to graduate level and beyond with specialist diplomas in social work.

So, Dr Peverley, give your poor patients a break. Do your homework and find out what social work is all about. Otherwise what hope for single assessment ­ but then I don't suppose you've even heard of that! Has any GP?

For the record, I agree it was seemingly a nonsense referral. But then not all social workers are alike and not all GPs are like

Dr Phil Peverley.

Brenda Woods

Bury, Lancashire

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