LETTER : Time for GPs to speak out

Dr P A BRADBURY'S letter (12 November) demonstrates clearly the invidiousness of government "business-led" health policy, but isn't it time the BMA exerted its power as it did in Beveridge's reforms and took an ethical stance on this issue?

As a mother I wish to carry on exercising my rights in relation to my choice of health care. That means not only being able to choose my GP but also choosing to refuse vaccination for my children because I believe that there are healthier alternatives.

The market-place may leave little room for ethical considerations but I believe that GPs need to do what is best for their patients if people are to take them seriously as healers.

Peta Trousdell

Brighton, Sussex