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HOSPITALS ARE NOT THE PRIMARY ISSUE FOR ICT

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Your article on ICT in healthcare (AJ 18.05.06) was in fact wholly devoted to hospital IT, even though the government's healthcare ICT programme is as much, if not more, about primary care, where healthcare will be increasingly delivered, than hospitals.

But the article's generalisations could be applied to anything.

In another triumph of missing the point, John Gummer and your editorial have failed to grasp that control in residential development is not just about 'aesthetic' matters, such as mock stone cladding or inappropriate windows, which are already uncontrolled, but about ensuring that neighbours' rights to light and amenity are protected. The General Development Order already gives householders more rope to play with than is probably needed.

Alan Kennedy, London SW12

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