Letter: Getting a bad name

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Letter: Getting a bad name

Sir: I am not as hung up about nurses' use of given names as Lord Stoddart or Mr Beck (Letters, 31 July) - and can see that calling patients by their first name sidesteps the possibility of the equally deeply-felt offence for women mis-addressed as Miss, Ms or Mrs.

However, at least Mr Beck knew whom nurses were addressing when they called him John. Spare a thought for those of us not called by our first names. There is someone called Evan who masquerades as me in the dentist's chair and on credit cards. Still, this does give me and instant

means of telling whether letter-writers really know me: letters addressed to "Dear Evan" do not get read!

ROGER MORGAN

Carshalton, Surrey

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