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How to take heat off GPs

Phil Peverley is right to complain about planning for heatwaves (Columnists, 3 October). But his criticism would be better directed against our medical leaders than the politicians.

Why do they allow us to be nominated as the first-line resource when things start to get hot?

Our leaders ought to get together and do their own planning for the next heatwave. They should produce a leaflet:

Heatwave advice from your GP
1. Your GP cannot prescribe anything for a heatwave.
2. You can get free advice at any time of the day or night from NHS Direct.
3. Better, you can see one of the nurses at the drop-in centres.
4. Better still, contact the community matron. She is just waiting for your call.

These new initiatives represent the evidence-free zone of Government thinking.

They have had a long honeymoon period. So let's give them a real test and opt out of heatwave planning. When the heatwave arrives it'll be nice to sit back and watch.

Dr Bernard Newgrosh, Bolton

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