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Regulations stifle private enterprise

I'm writing about new regulations published by the Healthcare Commission, which appear to prevent GPs setting up independent clinics 'where services are provided by medical practitioners'.

I am getting fed up of hearing sad stories from parents of young children who are advised to go from a walk-in clinic to hospital and back to the GP surgery for simple problems.

I am also concerned about the spreading threat of MRSA and wish to reduce the number of children taken to A&E with a history of fever, coughs and cold.

I have decided to set up a private clinic locally, where people can seek help, but it looks as if these new regulations prevent me doing so.

The NHS can't cope with the threat of private sector competition and is preventing doctors like me offering help.

Dr Kadiyali Srivatsa, Guildford, Surrey

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