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Keep your praise – I'll take hard cash!

The news story headed 'Government gives GPs pat on back' (Pulse, April 19) was very heartening.

I am sure our profession feels much happier knowing we have achieved so much and that the Government approves of us.

It is also good to know the recruitment target of 2,000 extra GPs has been achieved. It is a mystery to me that now there is so many more of us why practices still find it difficult to recruit GPs either as permanent staff or locums.

I also find it hard to understand why such a supportive government interfered with the financial arrangements of the new contract at the last minute or why GPs have been expected to provide some services for free because of lack of resources. Let's face it, does any GP in the land believe this government supports us?

I have been involved with PCGs and PCTs since the early days and my initial optimism has turned to cynical realism.

Very little new money has filtered down to practices. Most has either been channelled into secondary care or to bolster salaries of PCT managers and their growing army of assistants.

I do not want a pat on the back, or empty promises, I will settle for hard cash.

Dr Paul Charlson


East Yorkshire

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