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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Two years for small practices to shape up

From Dr Anthony Clift

Middleton, Manchester

What a clear thinker we find

in Dr Robin Fisher of Taddington, Buxton. There must be a majority of doctors who would cringe at taking someone's life, albeit only by assisting with the means.

It is pathetic that doctors in some cases seem to take their moral guidance from state laws, which should be based on basic principles such as never taking innocent life.

Note the tremendous outcry when a suspected terrorist was slaughtered after the July bombings.

As far as I can see, laws emerge mainly because society has developed attitudes that governments feel they can exploit; hence the apparent acceptance of induced abortion, which ordinary

folk abhorred 50 years ago.

It seems to me doctors have a duty to buck the trend towards moral indifferentism, and give a lead that will assure their patients they will always seek to provide medical, nursing and counselling help, even though they know it is often imperfect or inadequate but, it is hoped, will lead to a comment often heard in former years: 'At least he did his best.'

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