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Pay freeze? I'm off to the sun

Regarding your story about the Government wishing to punish GPs with a pay freeze (News,18 January), the point that is played down by ministers et al is that a pay freeze actually represents a pay cut for GPs.

Expenses and staff pay have to increase at least by inflation, thus leaving less balance to draw as profits.

A pay freeze would be an advance, especially when PCTs are reducing income through LESs.

Misinformation via press leaks and releases is unfortunately their other method of undermining our negotiations.

Australia beckons...

Dr Peter Coleman, Ventnor, Isle of Wight

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