M. B. Blades makes a very valid point on the suitabilty of Chris Packham to perform the role that he does within the BBC and media as a whole with respect to his Asbergers condition (Letters, 1 November). The Editor’s response was idealistic but not practical. It is all very well allowing opportunities for disabled people, but the completed job at the end of the day has to be above an acceptable standard.
Still on medical matters,
I was horrified to read that GPS in Lincolnshire were to charge for providing medical reports (News, 1 November). For the Local Medical Committee to suggest that a patient declining to pay such a fee was suggestive of a medical condition that would prevent the granting of a licence is grossly dishonest, unethical and possibly paramount to extortion — which would justify a formal complaint to the General Medical Council.
Dr A. Montgomery, Dundee