Your correspondent Carole Lowe naively asks why there is a lack of willingness, forward-thinking and planning by our schools, politicians and leaders of industry to train up our own native workforce (Tap Into Potential, News Views, June 22).

The answer is that we have had Conservative governments intent on cutting the state and relying on market forces.

Market forces only react.

Long-term planning is necessarily the work of the state in modern societies.

It is easy to cut but, for instance, if we want more doctors then we have to have teachers to teach the right subjects in schools, more trained doctors to teach more medical students and medical training itself takes a minimum of five years.

It would require perhaps a couple of decades to turn the situation around and bring the UK up to European average ratio for doctors to patients. ­— ANDREW McCULLOCH, High Street, Collingham.