We are all painfully aware that Nicola Sturgeon sees it as her priority to have an independence referendum by 2023 despite there being no obvious demand for this. What is really an obvious demand, however, is the chance to see your medical GP face-to-face again. To this end, SNP Health Minister, Humza Yousaf, has”promised” to have 800 extra GPs in place but by 2027, five years from now. This must rank as one of the most shocking utterances from the SNP. The health of the nation matters so little yet an unwanted, expensive and damaging referendum does. How many diagnoses are going to be missed and sadly, lives lost, whilst the SNP pursues its pet project to the exclusion of all else? Dr Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.