I WAS very interested to read Mr Lynch s suggestion of creating a community health trust (November 8). However, he didn t explain how this would be set up. If he is proposing that it would be part of the NHS, which organisation would provide funding? I am
I WAS very interested to read Mr Lynch's suggestion of creating a community health trust (November 8). However, he didn't explain how this would be set up. If he is proposing that it would be part of the NHS, which organisation would provide funding?
I am well aware of Mr Lynch's past achievement as chairman of the Huntingdonshire Primary Care Trust, but am concerned that he may be trying to re-create his previous role.
I entirely agree with his definition of healthcare - it should be for the patient, rather than the organisations that provide the services.
But I am concerned about the idea of the public travelling all over the area to visit various GP surgeries (not their own doctor's practice) in order to have minor operations or tests. This doesn't sound very convenient, as not all of us are car drivers.
Bus services are very limited in this area and even non-existent in some parts of Huntingdonshire.
Also, what will happen to the patients of that GP who is performing these tests or minor operations? Will they have to wait longer than the recommended 48 hours for an appointment?
Mr Lynch may have access to a great deal of information not generally available to the general public, but how many patients or members of the public does he currently represent?
If this idea is to be given serious consideration, it needs to be discussed properly and involve the patients to obtain their views.
Mrs DIANA RICHARDSON, Poplar Close, Huntingdon
* Editor's note: Mr Lynch did explain that consultation with patients was a key element of his proposal.