... and don't blame the cardiologists
From Dr Zaw Myo Htet, associate cardiologist, Sunderland Royal Hospital
Hold on just a second, Dr Peverley. Your assessment of management of chest pain by cardiologists is very unfair.
If you write an article in the press, you should be fair and responsible. My wife is a GP working locally and she does not agree totally with your assessment of management of chest pain by cardiologists in the Sunderland area.
Mistakes and breakdowns of communication can happen anywhere, not only in secondary care but also in primary care.
I have done rapid access chest pain clinics in Sunderland for a number of years. I don't prescribe any heart medications if patients have not got heart disease. My cardiologist colleagues would do the same.
GPs and cardiologists blaming each other endlessly does not help the management of IHD, does it?