In presenting a memorandum concerned solely with general practitioner pay, the medical profession asked the Standing Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration to adjudicate on the relative values of general and specialist practice, a question which the Royal Commission had carefully avoided, and on which the profession had been unable to agree. It was doubt­ ful whether this small group would be able to make a satisfactory judgment when neither the profession nor the Ministry had a clear-cut plan for the future development of general practice in relation to the other specialties. It is not known what took place behind the closed doors of the conferences in the nine months before the Review Body reported on GP incomes in Feb­ ruary 1965, but all concerned could hardly have been unaware of the wide significance of their decisions.