TIMOTHY RAGGATT QC believes that his taxable income of pounds 190,000 is the same as a consultant surgeon ("Top lawyers get pounds 500,000 a year from legal aid", 29 April). He is seriously wrong. The NHS salary of a consultant is a maximum of pounds 54,000. The average private practice income of a consultant surgeon is pounds 35,000.
JEFFREY C McILWAIN FRCS
St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals