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Letter: Cheap labour

AS EVER,women's health is being undervalued ("Midwives: an endangered species?", 1 August). Midwives, responsible for bringing new life into the world, are paid pounds 15,000 a year to be on call 24 hours a day for a physically and emotionally demanding job. As a result, the profession is in crisis. I saw my first midwife at the Royal Free twice before she left to have her own baby. The second one (once I had moved to Lambeth) I saw three times before she quit and moved home to Edinburgh to look for different work. A fortnight ago there was a stand-in at the Lambeth Walk surgery, taken off the ward at St Thomas's Hospital. This week I have seen a freelance midwife (better-paid) who is leaving the profession to train as a solicitor, where her starting salary as a trainee will be the same as her present one after five years working for the NHS.

Sporting Vernacular 25. TESTIMONIAL

AS AN Englishman at Chelsea, Dennis Wise may be an endangered species, but Saturday's testimonial against Bologna, which brought him around pounds 500,000, should compensate.

US eagle is saved from extinction

THE BALD eagle, the national emblem of the United States, has escaped extinction and will be removed from the list of endangered species, the United States government said yesterday.

Production values: Protect an endangered species

Last week saw a rare conjunction. Two landmark series running at the same time: The Life of Birds (BBC1, Wednesdays) and Earth Story (BBC2, Sundays). Landmarks are series that claim direct descent from Lord Clark's Civilisation and Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man, the twins who founded factual television. Their common format involves a single eminent presenter developing an argument over a number of weeks. The aim is identifiably lofty: to familiarise the viewer with one or other of the structural elements of the edifice of human knowledge.



Mutuals receive short shrift

That long-promised Building Societies Bill may not have done much to protect what is rapidly becoming an endangered species, but it certainly seems to have set Angela Knight's pulse racing. The Treasury Minister told the Building Societies Association's annual conference last May that she was "pressing, urging, kicking, shouting, pushing, requesting, asking and nagging in order to get the parliamentary time [for this Bill] as soon as possible". And, she reminded her audience, she is "a good nagger". Not good enough, it seems.

Kazakstan creates national wildlife park

Kazakstan creates national wildlife park

Smith helps endangered species

Gloucester's veteran open-side flanker followed his feelings to play for Scotland. Steve Bale reports on England's loss

The cap gave me freedom and control ... without any added hormones

I am an endangered species: one of the 1 per cent of women in Britain who have chosen the cap as their method of birth control. At 49, I have been using it for 17 years with no regrets - and no pregnancies.

Brown Owls an endangered species

The Girl Guide movement, bastion of clean-living young womanhood, is facing a crisis because women cannot spare the time to be Brown Owls or Guide leaders.

Letter: Doctors: are they in danger of extinction?

Sir: A recent leading article spoke of a 'haemorrhage of disillusioned doctors' from the NHS, and suggested Virginia Bottomley pay heed. She should also note the large number of medical soaps now being broadcast. There does seem to be a tendency for endangered species to attract media attention. Perhaps it is as an endangered species that the media and the public now perceive doctors.
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