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Where will we get new GPs?

Last night I attended my son's annual speech day. During some of the more soporific speeches I began to study the details of the degree courses chosen by last year's sixth-form: of 72 only two have chosen to study medicine.

Three have opted for a gap year and 67 are going to non-medical degree courses.

These figures are merely a snapshot, but we must ask ourselves and Health Secretary Alan Milburn what chance there is for the promised 10,000 extra doctors by 2010.

Dr Julian Procter

Dukinfield, Cheshire

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