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At the heart of general practice since 1960

There's no place left for me anymore

From Dr Alistair Hood, Eastleigh, Hants

As a 54-year-old, white, male GP my usefulness is clearly at an end, according to 'GP-led research' (News, 23 February) into patient preferences.

This fascinating and highly scientific piece of work surely suggests I should be put out to grass, pensioned off or given something harmless to do like appraisals or 'research projects'.

The future is young, female and possibly Asian. No room for the likes of me then.

For 24 years I have laboured under the misapprehension that one of the cornerstones of family (sorry, primary care) practice was the mutual trust built up between patients and their doctors over time.

Clearly that is no longer the case. The main criterion for selecting your GP is how he, or more likely she, looks. Perhaps we should follow the lead of your local building society and have our mugshots in the lobby with a select-your-doctor button under each one?

Well, if the Great British public want cardboard cut-out doctors and have no regard for that increasingly devalued commodity called experience, then maybe it is time to pass the stethoscope to those younger and wiser than me.

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