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Independents' Day

Yes, I'm worth every penny of £70,000

Dr Hugh Messing asks what makes us worth £70,000 if we opt out of out-of-hours and only work from 9am to 5pm (Features, November 17). My response is sheer incredulity that not only does the Government not realise our worth but even members of our own profession do not.

Yes I do think I am worth more than £70,000 for my time, energy and commitment. The younger generation of doctors sees through the moral blackmail that we inflict on ourselves from day one of medical school.

Would a plumber attend to the out-of-hours plumbing needs of the whole community for £6,000 a year?

Dr Chanh Tran

Hornchurch, Essex

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