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Situation with GP pay is no longer tolerable

Dr Philip Rathbone (Letters, January 27) has lost the plot. GPs throughout the UK have given notice to all concerned that the current situation regarding workload and remuneration is no longer tolerable.

Out-of-hours services have been provided at GPs' cost ­ in family, personal stress and lost profits. We will no longer do so, and insist upon payment being made to the profession at proper levels to support a proper service.

To suggest that in order to prevent the PCT being charged a going rate for providing the out-of-hours service the citizens' representatives have decided they should have, GPs should take a swingeing pay cut for daytime work (£11,000-£20,000 rather than the £3,000 or so we are allocated to provide the service at present) is monstrous and insupportable.

Our advice to the GPs in Dr Rathbone's area is that unless this is an isolated and quickly repaired aberration, they promptly replace the chair of their out-of-hours co-operative with someone who will better consider the requirements of the GPs to whom he is responsible.

Dr Adrian Midgley

and colleagues:

Dr Mark Oliver

Dr Timothy Atkinson

Dr Michael Yardley

Dr David Melville

Dr David Alan Baker

Dr Mark Pasola

Dr Peter Gooderham

Dr David Butchart

Dr Malcolm Cox

Dr Sally Whale

Dr Michael Loudon

Dr John Caldwell

Dr Prit Buttar

Dr Bruce Allan

Dr Niall O'Connell

Dr Roger Leary

Dr John Hutchings

Dr Susan Coupe

Dr Cecil Farrar

Dr Brian McGregor

Dr Julian Spinks

Dr Brian McGregor

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