John Cameron’s assertion (Letters, 1 July) of the “moral failure” of the medical profession is too much.
Given the pressures on medical practitioners to increase their turnover of patients, to update skills regularly with continuing professional development, and to facilitate computerisation of patient records and their retrieval to aid diagnosis and treatment, it is hard to find a moral failure. John Cameron does raise the important issue of how best to handle the middle-of-night desperately ill, which needs review, but to put the responsibility back solely on GPs is flawed.
Funding to expand the NHS 24 service would seem to be a better way to get consistent universal coverage.
(Dr) Joe Darby