I am in a state of shock -- as a lot of you will be when you read this. I was in the hospital recently -- and after a long time I ask my nurse when will my doctor be here? She answered, She won't be coming. So now I ask why? Your doctor is no longer allowed to come to the hospital and see you or take care of you! I could not belive what I was hearing. She said they have doctor's hired per 12 hour shifts to take care of everyone. One doctor for all. Now I have a family doctor that knows me inside and out. When I am sick I want my doctor. She may visit as a friend but not as a doctor. The doctor on duty did come to my room about 2:00 that day -- tried to explain to me why all this had taken place, but to me, it made no sense. I told him you do not know me -- my doctor knows me from head to toe. So why have a doctor if we can not have her or him when we really need them? I have had my doctor since 1989. I want her involved in my health issues -- especially if I am in the hospital. How many of you knew about this? Please write to the editor about how you feel about this new practice. I am not saying their doctors are not good -- they just don't know me and my many problems. Please let my doctor come and see me when I am sick; like a child needs Mommy, I need my doctor.