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Lichfield, Staffordshire

I am writing in an enraged state after reading Dr Jim Goodman's views regarding young GPs' lack of diagnostic skills (News, 8 October).

Such an unjustified statement was completely insulting to those recently qualified. We have certainly not been trained just to be good communicators and because we can communicate effectively does not mean we have let our other skills slip.

I can think of numerous occasions in hospital when taking a better history than a more senior colleague has clinched the diagnosis.

One particular example was hemi-section of the spinal cord (my diagnosis) which was put down as musculoskeletal pain (by the consultant) with disastrous consequences.

Our love of medicine is no less than previous generations and just because we have more diagnostic tests available in secondary care does not mean we have simply switched our brains off.

I hope I do not become so prejudiced in my old age!

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