Letter: One-stop health centres invented 45 years ago and then forgotten

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The Independent Online
Sir: As a recent and grateful beneficiary of expert medical services on both sides of the Atlantic, I read your correspondent's recent account of his experience at Washington DC's Georgetown University Medical Center ("Let's play at being doctors", 17 October) with a degree of empathy but a greater measure of disgust.

What a pity that he was not able to record his travails without also striking revealingly reprehensible notes of sexism, racism, ageism and homophobia.

If your correspondent's behaviour in America was as disagreeable and discriminatory as his commentary was ungracious and cranky, it is small wonder that he found his "11-year-old" doctors' treatment so bitter a pill to swallow.

WILLIAM A H KINNUCAN

New York

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