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End-of-life care is under serious threat | Letters

16/09/2019 Letters 0

Alarm bells should be ringing across the health and social care sectors, says Karen Torley, and Francis Prideaux tells of another hospice closureNews of the temporary closure of inpatient admissions at St Mary’s hospice in Cumbria should cause alarm be…

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Access to postnatal support in the NHS | Letters

16/09/2019 Letters 0

It is hard to get routine care if your baby dies, says Aimee Middlemiss. Dr Jane Frances criticises the Home Office’s ‘vile punitive policies’Re calls for the funding of postnatal checks for postpartum women, not just their babies (Letters, 14 Septembe…

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Effects of inequality go beyond economics | Letters

12/09/2019 Letters 0

Social divisions cause stress, anxiety and doubts about self-worth, write Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett and Wanda Wyporska, while Nicholas Falk believes housing wealth is at the root of the problemWe welcome Richard Partington’s article (How inequali…

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London GPs, budgets and referral policies | Letters

10/09/2019 Letters 0

New rules are not rationing, say Mark Easton and Lesley Watts, while Peter Fisher says health chiefs are interfering with GPs’ clinical judgmentYour article (GPs told to minimise referrals to plug London budget hole, 9 September) wrongly suggests that …

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Pharmacists can be trusted with statins | Letter

09/09/2019 Letters 0

News that people with high cholesterol could be diagnosed and given drugs without a prescription should not cause alarm, says Claire Anderson of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietyThere’s no reason why GPs should be alarmed over NHS plans for pharmacists …

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Welcome discussions on the menopause and work | Letters

27/08/2019 Letters 0

Readers respond to recent Guardian articles about the menopauseThe campaign to ensure that employers must protect women going through the menopause (MPs call for compulsory menopause policies in workplaces, 26 August) has to be supported, but should be…

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Welcome discussions on the menopause and work | Letters

27/08/2019 Letters 0

Readers respond to recent Guardian articles about the menopauseThe campaign to ensure that employers must protect women going through the menopause (MPs call for compulsory menopause policies in workplaces, 26 August) has to be supported, but should be…

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Not your typical Tory groupthink | Brief letters

18/08/2019 Letters 0

GP appointments | Ovarian cancer | A-level twins | Donald Trump and Greenland | Tories and the status quoGrace Dent should resist the current trend for putting down GPs (I’m angry, sore, and bloated. Is this the menopause?, Weekend, 17 August) Yes, you…

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When Christian Science and illness collide | Letter

16/08/2019 Letters 0

Lucy McPhail shares her family’s experience of Christian Science and says Mary Baker Eddy’s advice did not help My paternal grandfather was a Christian Scientist whose eldest son died young (in his late teens/early 20s, I believe) because his father re…

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Christian Science, medicine and prayer | Letter

12/08/2019 Letters 0

Robin Harragin Hussey responds to Caroline Fraser’s piece revealing how the religion’s anti-medical dogma led her father to an agonising deathI have great compassion for Caroline Fraser and her family’s heart-wrenching experience (‘You don’t need a doc…

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Specialist skills and learning disabilities | Letters

08/08/2019 Letters 0

Sally Cheseldine and Bill Hughes contribute to the ongoing debate about the role of learning disability specialistsThere are many paediatricians who bring specialist skills to children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectr…

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Wellbeing goes with Glastonbury territory | Letters

08/08/2019 Letters 0

Contrary to a suggestion in a recent Guardian piece, Glasto has a long history of hosting ‘spiritual and wellbeing stuff’, writes Gill JackmanSo Alex Holbrook attributes a “change” at the Glastonbury festival to the “wellbeing” movement (Festival-goers…

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Matters of life and death, faith and suffering | Letters

07/08/2019 Letters 0

Alison Watson, Colin Brewer, an anonymous reader and Gillian Draper respond to Caroline Fraser’s article about the agonising death of her Christian Scientist father and to debates on assisted dyingCaroline Fraser brings good news that Christian Science…

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Face up to the severity of the climate crisis | Letters

06/08/2019 Letters 0

Readers respond to recent Guardian articles on environmental issuesJohn Vidal hit the nail on the head by linking Meghan and Harry’s choice to limit their family size for the sake of the climate to the lack of access many women globally have to service…