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Amazed by marvel of technology

Isn't technology a wonderful thing? I was most interested to read about the gadget Dr Russell Jones has in his surgery that links him with two local care homes so that patients' pulse, heart rate (surely the same thing?) and temperature are transmitted to the surgery so that the GPs can decide how quickly a patient needs to be seen (News, January 5).

I was amazed because he is getting an EU grant for this. I wonder if we would also qualify for one as we have been doing the same sort of thing for years but using slightly different technology ­ the telephone. I assume there has been a typo and hope that the BP would be included in the info that Dr Jones is having sent to him, in which case shame on you, Pulse, for making that error as it reflects badly on Dr Jones. If the info doesn't include BP at least, and hopefully an ECG, then shame on the EU for funding yet another useless exercise.

Technology is all well and good but what is wrong with speaking to people about patients? Or am I the only one who feels proper communication is still the mainstay of our practice?

Dr Charlotte Hart

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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