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Withdraw this slur on GPs

I was fascinated by the illustrated examples in your pensions coverage (Special Report, January 29). I hope Dr Simon Fradd will read it as well.

It was not long ago that GPs were being exhorted to delay retirement by three years to enjoy the extra pension benefits flowing from the recently 'negotiated' new contract. Increases in pensions of up to 60 per cent were being confidently predicted by our 'expert negotiators'.

I was highly sceptical and could not see how any enhancement to pension accrual over three years could possible result in such a large increase. I calculated that the best guess would be much nearer 2-3 per cent.

Now we see the real experts' view. Most of the examples are very little different from my own pension taken at age 61 in September 2003. I am glad I followed my own judgment and not Dr Fradd's 'expert' advice.

Dr Michael Blackmore

Ringwood, Hants

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