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Most GPs have done a good job on swine flu

It is incorrect to report that the GPC has criticised 'thousands of GPs' ('GPC criticises "foolish" lack of pandemic planning').

My experience is that GPs across the country have been working extremely hard to safeguard the health of their communities in the event of an outbreak. It has been tough for GPs and there have been difficulties in some areas, partly because of circumstances outside of local GPs' control. But most doctors have done a good job that merits praise.

Those who aren't prepared - just over 100 of those who responded to your self-selecting poll of a little over 200 doctors - need to get it sorted, and I do not apologise for being firm with them.

But the best way forward is to applaud the large number of GPs who have done a sterling job and offer help to those who are not yet in the position they should be.

It is also important that primary care organisations and central Government play their part in providing doctors with support and guidance.

From Dr Peter Holden, GPC negotiator

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