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Vision, television and lack of vision

A round-up of this week's letters

  • From affected GP (Name and address supplied)

GPs being switched over to the Vision clinical system from other systems should be aware of a serious gremlin.

When prescribing, the computer adds an extra digit in front of the number of tablets specified (an extra 3 for fluoxetine, 1 for amoxicillin etc). So if you type the usual 60 tablets of fluoxetine the computer prints 360 ­ giving six times the quantity.

Those who are used to other systems would not expect this and, in my experience, Vision trainers do not mention it. This could have dire medicolegal consequences.

  • Helen Crocombe, Zig Zag Productions

We are seeking GPs with an interest in hypnoanaesthesia in relation to a TV project for Channel 4. The technique claims to offer a number of benefits over traditional anaesthesia as well as being an alternative for people allergic to it. If you would like to know more please contact me on 020 7017 8755 or e-mail

  • From Dr Desmond Murphy, Erdington, Birmingham

We have been well and truly stuffed, as details of the 2006/7 GP contract leak out. What have the GPC negotiators been up to? No uplift to my element of the contract for inflation or cost pressures, new clinical areas, tougher thresholds, pensions still not finalised, no change in global sum, more QOF points to chase after. It gets worse. We have been sold down the river.

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