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How to think clearly in beleaguered times | Letters

10/06/2019 Letters 0

Rorie Fulton on combating unwitting support for populists, and Richard Bryden on civic spaces that facilitate ‘reasoned conversation’George Monbiot makes a telling link between individuals’ affective state and the unwitting support we lend to demagogue…

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How to tackle fall in vaccination uptake | Letter

10/03/2019 Letters 0

Hugh Whittall writes that other, less instrusive measures must be exhausted before compulsory programmes can be consideredMaking vaccinations compulsory for state school pupils could risk causing more problems than it solves (Compulsory vaccinations ma…

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Breast cancer and global big pharma | Letter

09/29/2019 Letters 0

If any more of the NHS is sold off US style, our medical world will lose the heart that contributes to keeping so many of us alive, says Melanie McFadyeanAnne Boyer’s intense, evocative, terrifying piece about breast cancer (My body feels like it is dy…

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Teaching workload: requires improvement | Letters

09/23/2019 Letters 0

Readers respond to the news that a quarter of teachers in England work more than 60 hours a week, and point out the government’s failingsYour editorial (19 September) begins to unpick some of the reasons why retention and, in some areas, recruitment ar…

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Alternatives to drugs for managing pain | Letters

09/20/2019 Letters 0

Readers respond to a piece about opioid prescriptions and how doctors can help patients with long-term painDr Ann Robinson (Prescribing for pain is out of control. Doctors need new tools, 16 September) speaks eloquently about the limitations of drugs a…

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

09/16/2019 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

09/16/2019 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

09/12/2019 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

09/10/2019 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

08/27/2019 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

08/27/2019 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…