Would we be better off as primary care consultants?
The imbecilic ideas to save the Government from funding an adequate health service are almost as funny as palace security. You report MPs clamping down on GP prescribing, PCTs fining GPs who refer, ministers and the nightwork farce, the Government blaming GPs for the inadequate cremation form bureaucracy and so on (News, October 18).
John Hutton said PCOs must ensure patients can have face-to-face consultations at night. Most such consultations are not emergencies, which is why most GPs have opted out.
Would Mr Hutton or any other MP do a surgery for constituents at night? It would certainly suit all those who can't get away from work because their employers won't let them.
On-call solicitors only see criminals face to face in police stations once in a blue moon, and expect a hefty fee for doing so. They wouldn't do a face-to-face consultation with a client at night because, for example, they were really anxious to get a quicky divorce.
I agree with Dr Peter Holden: governments have failed to act on the workforce statistics, and politicians cannot bear the fact that GPs are trusted and respected by the communities they serve.
Dr Paul Searle
St Neots, Cambridgeshire