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GPs should stand for election

There will be doctors thinking about their duty to defend the NHS by standing as independents against coalition MPs at the next general election, and there are voters willing to support them.

The history of doctors standing in their locality is impressive, and even more so when standing on a single-issue campaign.

However, so shocking is the attack by the coalition on welfare benefits and pensioners that any campaign on the NHS would inevitably take on board these issues too.

There are constituencies where Labour expect to overturn an opposition majority, but other areas including my own in Sleaford and North Hykeham where the sitting Tory has a large majority.

He voted for the health bill without insisting on the publication of the NHS risk register first.

This is an MP who needs opposing, and if a GP was willing to stand there would be financial and physical support.

From Dr Giles Wynne, North Hykeham, Lincolnshire