18 FEBRUARY 1949, Page 20


SIR,—I have seen several letters in the Spectator on the subject of this doctors' dilemma, the National Health Service Bill, but on one point I have, so far, failed to see any comment. And yet this is a most vital point ; that of sickness and holidays. If a doctor falls sick, especially in the country, he has to employ a locum tenens at two guineas a day, provide a driver and all accommodation. On the present rate of remun- eration it cannot be done. It means a drain on any savings he may have, and the fear of illness is a veritable nightmare. And holidays ? Surely if the doctor has now become a civil servant, holidays with pay and a substitute to take over his practice should be automatic.—Yours, &c.,