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Thank you for your timely campaign in support of a rescue effort for the core values of general practice which I wholeheartedly endorse. It is long overdue.

After a long year adjusting to the new contract, I suspect it is only now becoming clear to GPs all over the country that the hidden agenda all along was to destroy the essence of general practice. No amount of evidence-based facts will convince me that the Q&O is worth the paper it is written on and sadly it will probably take a decade or two before the follies of all this target-driven 'medicine' become clear.

In 10 years time I doubt any improvement in the nation's health will have surfaced from this quagmire of administrative ineptitude. And as for the coming fiasco over enhanced services and commissioning ­ you can forget it.

There will be more and more divisions and splits between the fundamentalist supporters of this contract and those like me who, having been in general practice for 20 years, remember much that has gone before and much that has proved a complete waste of effort over the years.

Sadly, the real problem is that those Department of Health administrative wonks hate our independence. The doctors who negotiated this contract fell for their charms, hook, line and sinker. Thanks once again for your timely campaign. Let us hope in peace.

Dr NAC Down



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