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Independents' Day

It's time for a united front and say No to non-essential tasks

The headline 'CMO reneges on flu deal' (August 1) should come as no particular surprise. The contract negotiations have been bedevilled with skullduggery from this deceitful Government.

Now is the time for the profession to present a united front. We must stop being taken for mugs and refuse to perform non-essential tasks unless they are properly funded. The problem is that we won't present a united front. There will always be GPs who will perform tasks for nothing.

As a caring profession this is an understandable and noble action but, sadly, for years politicians, other organisations and some patients have played on this characteristic to the detriment of GPs.

In my view GPs should refuse the work and explain carefully to patients via the media, patient groups and so on why it has been necessary to do so.

GPs are popular and trusted, the Government is not ­ it is time we used a little spin to our advantage.

Dr Paul Charlson


East Yorkshire

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