SIR – You report that HS2 will cost £105m per kilometre.
This equates to over £1,000 per centimetre. Can anyone identify a scheme that cost more by ground coverage?
No need for speed
SIR – Peter Hargreaves asks if it’s older drivers or ‘a new generation of timid people’ slowing down on Britain’s roads.
I try to drive within the prescribed speed limits at all times. Speed limits that aren’t minimum or target speeds are probably the only laws that a majority of otherwise conscientious citizens are happy to flout.
While modern cars are much safer than those of the past, with significantly better brakes and handling, the laws of physics still apply. Is it really worth the risk of arriving at your destination a few minutes early?
The GP system is on the verge of collapse
SIR – Whilst we are all aware of the difficulties faced by young doctors, the state of general medicine receives very little coverage in the media.
All three doctors at our Essex practice have resigned. Three out of four local practices have closed their books to new patients.
Not only is it impossible to recruit new GPs; It is just as difficult to recruit local doctors. Several GPs have resigned due to illness and stress and the GP system is now on the brink of collapse. In an area with a predominantly older population, such a collapse would be devastating before current plans to build more homes are implemented.
Last year, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said more than 500 practices were at risk of closing. Because many doctors currently working in practices are close to retirement age and will not be replaced by younger doctors. It’s time to examine why doctors no longer want to become GPs and what is being done to allay their concerns.
Clacton on Sea, Essex
SIR – You report that 3,000 pharmacies are likely to be closed in England because the government is removing a subsidy.
Are these the same pharmacies that the government says should be the first point of contact for minor ailments to ease the pressure on GPs?
There is still a calling for the modern exorcist
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/05/30/letters-the-power-to-act-in-the-nations-interests-on-defence-sho/ Letters: The power to act in the nation’s interests on defence should lie with Westminster, not Brussels