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Politicians know better than GPs? We think not

Dr Richard Frood and four GP colleagues have hit back at their neighbour, Dr David Colin-Thome, over his comments that politicians know better than clinicians what patients want.

The GPs in Runcorn, Cheshire, accused the primary care tsar of acting irresponsibly and undermining GP morale. Dr Frood said GPs held one million consultations with patients every day, giving them far more contact than MPs could ever hope to have.

He said: 'Even if those comments were tongue-in-cheek it casts GPs in an unfavourable light, and if he is listened to by politicians they may start to make policy from the top down, rather than bottom up.'

lLetters, page 25

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