Letter: Darzi's email conceals the DoH's true motives

Dear Editor

I have just read Professor Ara Darzi's email to us all.

Like many, I believe that the motive behind extending GP opening hours is based in political rather than clinical thinking, to improve the quantity of votes, rather than the quality of health.

I do not believe the statements, such as 'this is not about imposing change from the centre... the NHS needs to involve its entire staff better than it has in the past' nor that 'change should only be initiated when there is a clear and strong clinical basis for doing so', are the real intention.

So annoyed was I that I decided to reply immediately by email.

However, I was put off by the sentence at the end of the email, in bold and underlined: 'Please do not reply to this email; this mailbox is not monitored.'

That about sums it up really, doesn't it?

Dr Kenneth Vickers, Collyhurst, Manchester

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