Letters, calls and emails: Practices should own an ECG machine by now

Dear Editor

Why should poor ECG access limit AF points in the revised quality and outcomes framework, as reported on your front page?

I would have thought that some money over the past two years could have been put aside for practices to purchase their own ECG machine without having to refer to hospital.

Secondly, medical students can interpret AF on an ECG and even in the difficult cases you could always send a copy by fax to your local cardiologist for an opinion. Can this basic diagnosis not be detected and confirmed in primary care?

I cannot believe this article could be published on your front page.

Dr Anthony Stellon, Temple Ewell, Kent.

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