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'Train GPs to refuse sicknotes' ­ Blunkett

It is very wrong of Dr Simon Fradd (Careers, July 23) to claim that he was 'sacked' from the GPC because the committee didn't trust him enough.

The simple fact is that under BMA bylaws Simon became ineligible to stand for re-election because he hadn't been working in UK general practice.

There was a proposal that he should be co-opted to the committee which did not get a majority vote. This is, however, a rare event and in my 16 years on the GMSC/ GPC only two people have come back by co-option as it is reserved for those who have expertise that is not otherwise available.

While we all valued Simon's immense contribution in the field of superannuation, there were others who could take up this work and indeed Andrew Dearden has very ably done so.

Dr Eric Rose

Middleton, Milton Keynes

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