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Thank you for drawing your readers' attention to the issues around GPs' pensions. However, it is important that your readers are aware of the full context in which the quote you attributed to me was made.

GPs could face a ballot on industrial action over pensions ‘before Christmas'

The quote refers to the possibility of industrial action, and if the best action might be boycotting commissioning.

I feel the attributed quote of ‘certainly' misrepresents the point I wanted to express.

To clarify, the quote should have read: ‘Certainly, that would be one of the options we would consider if there were to be action – but that's not where our focus is at the moment.' Which is rather different, I'm sure you'll agree.

I would like to assure your readers that GPs' priority is always to provide the best possible care to our patients, regardless of industrial issues affecting the profession.

From Dr Paddy Glackin
Islington, north London

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