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Time to stop the chaos of PSA tests on demand

I wholly concur with Sir Brian Jarman's views about the Government being out to destroy general practice (News, June 28). We all know it.

What we do day to day is being seriously undermined. We seem to have lost our voice and the NHS, which many of us still believe in, is being destroyed before our eyes.

We audited the thoughts of our patients and many of them want the 'old-style' general practice model and don't want to see doctors they don't know unless they have an urgent problem and can't get the GP of their choice. I think most patients will say the same. So much for 'patient choice' – the Government has not asked them or us!

In West Lothian we have a funding issue for training and only 50 per cent of training practices have a registrar. It is thus anticipated that many of us may withdraw from training in the near future. This is nothing short of bizarre when we have a crisis in general practice.

Our patients seem to know little of these changes, and I think we have a responsibility to be more vocal than we are. Clearly no one is listening to us, but getting the 'voters' on board may make a difference.

Dr S Sanders,

Chair

West Lothian Trainers Group

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