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Time we stood up for ourselves

Am I willing to accept a drop in income in the wake of the proposed new global sum formula (News, 13 September)? No.

Is there no end to the machinations of the Department of Health when it comes to GP pay? No other profession would accept such a kicking and it is time GPs stood up for themselves.

My practice is already forecasting a 20% drop in pay over the next 18 months and so, if the proposed global sum ‘recalculation' happens, we will be unable to practice.

I am sick to the back teeth by the way we GPs have been pilloried by the media and by the Government for what is at last, and should always have been, a decent income.

But the Department of Health seems determined to destroy what vestige of goodwill we have left.

If this continues I will be leaving general practice early and will take my 23 years of experience and hard-won expertise with me to a place where it is appreciated. I suspect many others of my generation will do likewise.

From Dr Nicholas Down, Oxshott, Surrey

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