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Stop ranting, Phil – you've got it pretty good

I was disgusted by some of language and comments in Phil Peverley's column last week ('Just leave us to be brilliant').

His outrageous attack on the Government was the kind of intemperate rant I would expect from some nondescript hack in the Sun, Mail or Express.

Whatever the Government's faults, there is no doubt that since 1997 there have been considerable improvements in the overall provision by our health service. What's more, the workforce is better paid and there are more doctors and nurses.

And as a GP, Phil Peverley would do well to recognise his privileged position. Being a contracted provider, he has the freedom of being self-employed while being guaranteed a substantial income from the taxpayer - nice deal if you can get it. What's more there are frequent 'incentives' (bribes, in lay terms) to encourage him to behave in a proper professional manner.

Could I suggest he spends some time trying to live on what is available to many of his patients? Perhaps he may then appreciate how fortunate he is.

John Byrne, Bury, Lancashire

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