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Your story 'Call for 100 obesity points' (News, February 12) resulted in several doctors contacting me with their opinions ­ either for or against the proposal ­ and puzzlement that David Haslam and the RCGP were taking different stances on this.

Could I perhaps clarify that there are, rather surprisingly, two entirely different GPs called David Haslam who keep featuring in the medical press.

One David Haslam is a GP in Hertfordshire and chair of the National Obesity Forum. The other David Haslam (myself) is a GP in Cambridgeshire, and immediate past-chair of the RCGP.

Our views on obesity, contracts and targets are not necessarily the same. But at least we now understand what it must be like to be called John Smith.

Professor David Haslam

Ramsey, Huntingdon

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