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Ministers just not interested in 'my GP'

I agree with the sentiment of your recent article on continuity of care ('Why being "my GP" to a patient will secure our future').

However, I believe the Government does understand the notion of patients and their sense of 'belonging' to a GP. It is just not interested. It's a luxury we cannot afford, in the view of ministers.

They want access and convenience - and as cheaply as possible, ideally delivered by the private sector which can drive down costs. They are striving for the lowest common denominator. There you have it - healthcare on the cheap!

From Dr Thomas McAnea, GP registrar, north London

General practice had the appeal of seeing patients from the same family down generations.

The close contact between patients and GPs is in itself therapeutic for many patients, including the aged and those with long-term conditions. That will no longer be the case if the Government has its way.

From Dr Afsar Rizvi, Dorking, Surrey

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