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NHS racism or something more complex?

I was interested to read Dr Sally Whittet's revelations (Careers, October 11) and share her concerns about the excitement and stress that great professional status can bring.

Although I have never experienced such things for any length of time I have witnessed changes in colleagues similar to the changes we see in great political leaders.

I imagine Dr Whittet is looking for a comfortable semi-rural practice not too far from the High Street. But perhaps she might consider a more distant fringe, just north of Aberdeen?

Here, the sea is never very far away, hills gently roll, and doctors can do house calls on horseback.

There is no Marks & Spencer, no Next, no River Island, and no Miss Piggy. Houses and farms are quite cheap and you could rent out your town house and still buy a nice sea view at no extra cost.

We have some 70 islands to visit and the world's shortest scheduled flight at two minutes. We have seals, whales, and vast numbers of birds of all sorts. The swallows left last month and the geese and swans will be arriving shortly.

And the practice? The happiest I've ever worked in; good standards, lovely patients, excellent team. And we are salaried so there is less pressure from point-scoring.

We also have a vacancy. Orkney isn't on everyone's holiday list but it is a very tranquil and beautiful part of Britain and well worth a visit.

Dr Martyn Harvey

Kirkwall,

Orkney

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