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Madcap idea will swamp GPs with worried well

I am horrified to learn that Department of Health advisers want GPs to perform terminations (News, October 18). Life begins at conception and termination is the destruction of a human being because it is unwanted or inconvenient.

Women should be encouraged and supported to continue with their pregnancy until the baby is born and it can be adopted. Most conceptions occur from consensual intercourse and parents should take the responsibility for their actions.

The practice of medicine is to first do no harm, and the Hippocratic oath, which was the creed of doctors for centuries, stated that doctors should not do anything to procure an abortion. What has happened to the medical profession? Where is our backbone and our moral courage? Are we only driven by political and social pressures?

GPs are at the forefront of family practice. What could be more destructive than to demand we destroy the very people we ought to be protecting.

Dr Lorraine McDermott

Crumlin, Northern Ireland

·I read the article on GP terminations with interest and found the two-sided argument very helpful (News, October 18). My view is that PCOs should be able to commission such services through GPs with special interests.

All you need is one or two GPs in each locality who are trained by hospital colleagues to perform early terminations. This will help to speed up the process and help those wanting the medical approach to be fast-tracked. My experience is that the red tape in obtaining appointments is distressing for the patient and frustrating for the doctor.

Dr KS Pandher

Kidlington, Oxon

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