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Patients' needs unmet

In his response to a recent survey, GPC chair Dr John Chislolm said 'charging patients is not something the majority of family doctors want to do'.

I am sure architects, solicitors, opticians and dentists would like the state to pay their clients' fees so offering 'a service free at the point of use' but realise we do not live in such a utopia. This blinkered finger-in-the-dyke allegiance to a failing command-and-control socialist ideal is wrong and, like the USSR, it should be confined to the history books.

It is already leaving patients' needs unmet. It is time the falsehood of the utopia implied by this state monopoly was exposed and brought to an end.

Dr Paul Thomas

Barham, Suffolk

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