Letter: Misplaced blame for waiting lists

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Sir: The article by Judy Jones 'Consultants 'must share blame for waiting lists' ' (7 September), implies that the length of

the waiting lists is connected

with the preponderance of doc-

tors on the General Medical Council (although a minority

of these doctors are hospital consultants).

This observation is as relevant as suggesting that the number of people awaiting trial for criminal offences is caused by having barristers on the Bar Council.

The only way to shorten waiting lists is either to spend more on health care (as has been done in Germany) or to reduce standards to that of Hungary.

Yours faithfully,

STANLEY FELDMAN

Professor of Anaesthesia

Magill Department Anaesthetics

Westminster Hospital

London, SW1

8 September

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