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Readers' letters: Is it time to abandon an oudated NHS?

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Our politicians must grasp this nettle to reduce the unacceptable toll of rising death rates from lack of basic medical care.Since the Tony Blair era, when UK taxpayer funded medical salaries became some of the highest in Europe, far exceeding those of France or even Germany, the NHS has been in decline.

There is now a generation of part-time general practitioners, with many opting for their now-affordable three-day working week.

This has provided a hit-and-miss, part-time service at best, recently exacerbated by the Covid pandemic when GPs further distanced themselves from contact with patients, substituting a telephone service and working from home or behind locked surgery doors to keep patients out.

Other poorer paid public-facing key workers, such as police, carers, shop workers or on public transport in contrast continued to work full time.Now the long suffering tax-paying public are faced with an outrageous 30 per cent........

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