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Utopian vision of general practice made me laugh

I have been a GP in Stafford since 1980 and I read Dr KS Pandher's ideas for primary care with interest (Letter, October 13). Then I got to his final sentence and laughed out loud! He really thinks his vision will be 'threatening to GPs who want an easy life' does he?

He doesn't think he has just described an easier life than any principal can currently enjoy? We should be salaried, so no more struggling with complicated tax returns and expenses then and paid sick leave and six months maternity leave ­ so far so good!

Abolish individual practice premises? So that means I shall no longer have responsibility for maintaining the structure and decor of my surgery ­ another worry blown to the winds.

Non-clinical issues taken away from doctors and nurses? Yippee ­ no more employment headaches and financial worries. Reduced home visiting? Yes, yes!! Sorry, Dr Pandher, but you obviously don't have experience of current general practice because you have just described Utopia. Where is the threat?

Dr Elizabeth Albright


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