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Saying goodbye to mum at the seaside | Brief letters

05/11/2019 Letters 0

The shore | Cod liver oil | Escaping the GDR | Cob coalingCatherine Kelly tells Elle Hunt that “to go to the sea is synonymous with letting go” (We do like to be beside the seaside, 4 November). My mother gave us two good reasons for taking this litera…

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Stuck on painkillers, but we’re not addicts | Letter

03/11/2019 Letters 0

With no other treatments available, many patients with chronic conditions are forced to rely on painkillers for years, writes Jill WallisYour article (Lack of support for painkiller addicts ‘hiding epidemic’, 2 November) says half a million people in E…

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Confusion about blood plasma supply | Letter

31/10/2019 Letters 0

The chief executive of NHS Blood and Transplant, Betsy Bassis, clears up a point about blood and plasma donationRegarding Polly Toynbee’s column (These brutal cuts to the NHS will haunt the Conservatives, 25 October), we’d like to provide some clarity …

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Virgin Care’s settlement with Surrey CCGs | Letter

29/10/2019 Letters 0

Stuart Rennison-Price, Virgin Care’s chief operating officer, responds to a recent article about NHS cutsPolly Toynbee writes that we at Virgin Care sued the NHS when we were “denied the chance to tender for profitable contracts” (These brutal cuts to …

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Drug policies are killing our children | Letter

28/10/2019 Letters 0

We have championed prohibition and driven drug supply into the hands of increasingly violent criminals, says Pat HudsonI take issue with your editorial on the Commons health and social care committee report on current UK drug policy (The evidence canno…

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Making technology work for homecare | Letters

25/10/2019 Letters 0

We need to make more use of tech for immediate change, says Ben Maruthappu, and those who need care are caught in a debate around funding, time and quality, says Sally YoungDavid Brindle is absolutely right that most homecare agencies are at breaking p…

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Helping parents choose vaccination for their children

25/10/2019 Letters 0

One way could be to require parents to have a meeting with a medical professional, where parents learn about how herd immunity works, says one parentI am not sure that making immunisations compulsory, especially for state school pupils, is the way to i…

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Special needs children are being failed | Letters

24/10/2019 Letters 0

Readers condemn the latest select committee report into the treatment of children with learning disabilitiesThis is the most damning select committee report I’ve ever read (Children with special needs plunged into ‘nightmare of bureaucracy’, 23 October…

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An existential approach to cancer | Letter

24/10/2019 Letters 0

Online you can find miracle cures, writes Aliya Hasan, but only existentialism resonatesIt is breast cancer awareness month. As someone with secondary breast cancer I am aware of the disease every day. Since I was diagnosed last August I’ve been in a m…

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Jed Mercurio is wrong, real doctors do care | Letter

18/10/2019 Letters 0

Robin Davies objects to the TV writer’s suggestion that hospital staff don’t care or have time for patientsI utterly disagree with TV writer Jed Mercurio, the source of the view, that real-life doctors “don’t care” about patients (Report, 17 October). …

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Alcohol advice for pregnant women | Letters

16/10/2019 Letters 0

Leigh Lewis and Elaine Hindal of Drinkaware and Hubert Sacy of Éduc’alcool respond to a report on research that criticised the advice their organisations giveYour article (Pregnant women encouraged to drink by alcohol industry, researchers claim, 14 Oc…

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Bus food ban and the battle against obesity | Letters

15/10/2019 Letters 0

The recommendation to ban eating on public transport is just one small step, says Richard Carter, a better approach may be to introduce levies on the takeaway boxes, says Rachel Hadden, and Brian Josephson points out that the ban is not on all public t…

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Let’s hear it for subtitles in theatres | Letter

15/10/2019 Letters 0

Many theatres benefit from captioned performances so that everything on stage is made clear through subtitles, says Richard LeeThank you for challenging the myth that privately purchased hearing aids are inherently better than those provided by the NHS…

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Banning food on the bus patronises adults | Letters

10/10/2019 Letters 0

In response to Dame Sally Davies’ proposal to outlaw food on public transport to tackle obesity, Alan Sokal argues it is the nanny state gone bonkers, while Nick Chadwick sees the plan as unworkableDame Sally Davies’ proposal to ban eating on public tr…

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Excellent care at Mount Vernon hospital | Letters

08/10/2019 Letters 0

Readers and consultants respond to an NHS report that found that the cancer hospital in London was ‘dilapidated and not fit for purpose’ and critically short-staffedI was saddened and angered by your article on the plight of Mount Vernon hospital (Crum…