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Limit use of antibiotics to three days with UTIs

From Dr Paul Harris

Norwich

Never mind the bollocks about NICE's 'ruling' on statins, and its financial and workload implications (News, 12 November), why should general practice be involved at all?

Why not give patients their cardiovascular risk, provide them with numbers needed to treat, and let them to decide whether or not they want to pay for an OTC statin to reduce their risk. It's a lifestyle decision. Give the power to the patients ­ aren't they supposed to be at the heart of the NHS?

Do we want to pay more taxes so the neurotic classes can take a pill to reduce their 10-year risk of a coronary event by 20 per cent? I don't.

Let them pay themselves if they think it's worth it. Make it a matter of choice!

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