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Obesity debate should focus on addiction, not mental health
Like Jenny Janes (letters May 15), I too was sad to hear that an eating disorder specialist had stated at RCN congress: ‘How dare we stigmatise people saying by virtue of being overweight that they need to go to mental health services.’
Pathologising natural human difficulties is stigmatising
I share Jess Hamilton’s concern (letters May 22) that many psychosocial difficulties are being medicalised.
Nurses have come a long way from unquestioning practices
Claire Laurent’s examples of bizarre practices that nurses have used in the past amused me.
I remember tuncture of benzoin and porridge oats on fistulas
Reading the article about past nursing practices (features May 22) brought back some memories of when I started nursing in the late 1970s.
A national campaign is needed to help explain what A&E is really for
Half the patients we see in A&E do not need emergency treatment. Many are turning up for advice about colds, coughs and minor conditions.
Hunger strikers at Guantánamo are being force-fed by nurses
It is hard to believe that the United States, a country that prides itself on freedom, has detained so many prisoners for the past 11 years at the Guantánamo military base in Cuba.
Susan Pembrey was an inspiring nurse and well ahead of her time
I was devastated to read of the death of Susan Pembrey ( Obituary April 24 ).
The ICN does not seem willing or able to face up to the real world
Former RCN president Maura Buchanan and seven other prominent figures say that the RCN's withdrawal from the International Council of Nurses (ICN) should be the last resort - the nuclear option.
Why is it a stigma to be referred to mental health services?
Opinion was divided at a recent RCN congress discussion on routinely referring morbidly obese people to mental health and addiction services.
Astounded by lack of a simple falls prevention strategy
I read Janet Brown's article on falls prevention with interest. My mother was recently admitted to hospital in the UK following a fall down the stairs in her home.
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