SIR - John Shearon (Letters, June 5) urges the Government to require ID cards for access to health services.

Has he considered the impact that this will have on public health?

When people with communicable diseases start avoiding health services for fear of having their immigration status checked, everyone will suffer.

Diseases won't be checking ID before infecting communities.

When teenagers fear going to family planning clinics for fear of having their visits recorded on the intrusive national identity register, sexual disease and unwanted pregnancies will become greater problems than now.

No doubt Mr Shearon will then be writing to complain about the number of single mothers contributing to housing shortages.

Geraint Bevan, Glasgow.