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'GP training in allergies woeful'

The item on 48-hour access (News, July 9) should come as no surprise to anyone except NHS managers and ministers. The wealthiest in our society (and I suspect most politicians and virtually all ministers) usually insist on continuity of care. They do this by engaging the services of a private practitioner in which an essential part of the contract is that they will personally address all the issues raised and be personally available to advise their client.

Traditional British general practice has usually operated in this way. Hence the often-used phrase 'my doctor'. NHS managers and politicians fail to recognise this simple reality. I can only conclude that this arises from a determination to impose a structure on the NHS for economic and logistic reasons which have nothing to do with patient choice or quality of care.

I think most doctors and many of the public have rumbled them long ago. How long will it take for them to recognise this and bring NHS policy in line with what the public actually wants: 'More time with my doctor'?

Dr Michael Blackmore

Ringwood, Hants

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