Jeremy Hunt’s dismissal of Stephen Hawking on the NHS | Letters

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Readers air their views on a Guardian article by Professor Hawking and the UK health secretary’s tweeted response to it

Jeremy Hunt’s tweeted dismissal of Hawking’s article (How to solve the NHS crisis – scientifically, 19 August) is revealing: “Stephen Hawking is brilliant physicist but wrong on lack of evidence 4 weekend effect.2015 Fremantle [sic] study most comprehensive ever”.

If Hunt bases policy on a single publication (which no serious observer would do) then he should read it, and he would see Freemantle’s warning: “It is not possible to ascertain the extent to which these excess deaths may be preventable; to assume that they are avoidable would be rash and misleading.”

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