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Dr Richard Tiner criticises Dr Des Spence as being 'out of touch' (Letters, July 9). Actually, it is Dr Tiner who is out of touch. The select committee report published in April on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry is one of the few things on the Department of Health website worth reading!

Many doctors, scientists, patient groups and interested parties gave evidence, myself included. In this inquiry and report one thing was abundantly clear ­ scientific research can be misleading and is not often all it is made out to be. However, I think most GPs, from experience, realised this anyway!

I suppose we have to expect Dr Tiner to wholeheartedly support trials and drug companies, as that is his job. Dr Spence was absolutely correct in what he wrote.

Dr Matthew Kiln

West Dulwich, London

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