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Legal action on loan penalties dropped as GPs balk at cost

I am not in the slightest bit surprised that an MP is taking up the case of a suspended GP (News, July 16).

The GMC may not be performing its role 100 per cent but it is doing a reasonable job. The PCT has never been put to the test and I believe it will wield its power to suspend toward Asian GPs in particular.

I admire Dr Ghosh for talking to his MP who is taking his case to Parliament. It is not the Shipman legacy that is causing the suspension of Asian doctors, it is the legacy of racial prejudice among PEC members of PCTs.

One by one they will destroy a group of GPs who previously kept the NHS alive. By giving this power to PECs, Tony Blair has given permission for the slaughter of Asian GPs.

Dr Lal Mandal

Telscombe Cliffs

East Sussex

·I write as someone who has also been in front of the GMC due to a malicious letter. I was hurt and angry. How dare someone write such filth.

Many a time patients have waved the GMC complaint form in my face. They would not dare do it to a Caucasian doctor, but as an Asian I am vulnerable.

I tell colleagues who are in trouble two things.

·Thank God Harold Shipman was Caucasian (if he had been Asian we would have been roasted alive).

·The people who sit on the GMC panels have common-sense.

Dr Nita Saikia Varman

Stechford

Birmingham

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