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This prescription might do some good

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Letter: The future of the NHS: political consensus and the divisions that remain

Sir: Virginia Bottomley's vision for the future of the NHS is most revealing for what it does not say ("So just where do we go from here?", 19 June). At no point does she refer to the benefits of competition and the market in health care. This is remarkable. For a Health Secretary who has presided over the implementation of market-oriented reforms not to emphasise the importance of competition in the future reveals far more than the priorities she does emphasise.

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As Virginia Bottomley fights for her job, Chris Ham examines the Government's failure to provide a perspective for the NHS

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From Dr Graham F. Cope

LETTER: The truth or propaganda?

G R URBAN'S comment (Letters, 5 March) on my article on the Foreign Office's Information Research Department misses the point. Of course, the IRD was "an important source of information" for Western media in the Cold War.

REAR WINDOW : COLD WAR :The British Ministry of Propaganda

BRIBERY, subversion and propaganda were the main weapons of the Cold War. We sometimes forget, however, that they were used not only by the Soviet Union but also by Britain and the United States.

Do not censor theatre's mirror : LETTERS

From Mr David Edgar Sir: One of the disquieting aspects of the brouhaha surrounding Sarah Kane's Blasted at the Royal Court ("A very angry young woman", 23 January) is the notion that this is a somehow bad time to be pushing the boundaries of theatrical taste.

Mind over manner: Exhibition

Poussin is much more than an artist of convention. A new show at the Royal Academy reveals him to be one of the great philosophers of art

Keeping faith in the system

The church is fed up with the holy muddle the Tories have made of relig ious education, says Paul Vallely

Letter: The many ways of saying 'I love you'

Sir: Many thanks for printing the extract from George Steiner's inaugural lecture on comparative literature (12 October).

Vice-chancellors snub Shephard over speech

UNIVERSITY vice-chancellors have dealt a rebuff to Gillian Shephard, the Secretary of State for Education, by not inviting her to address their annual conference.

Key 'witness' was not called to give evidence: Although not in court during the trial of two policemen, the spotlight fell on Winston Silcott. Will Bennett reports

THE KEY figure in the month-long trial of Detective Chief Superintendent Graham Melvin and Detective Inspector Maxwell Dingle was not in court. Winston Silcott was not called to give evidence.

Local Elections: Hopefuls motivated by desire for change: Who wants to be a local councillor? Martin Whitfield canvassed the views of Birmingham election candidates

'MY WIFE said just two words to me when I was selected to stand for the council, 'You're mad',' said the Rev Richard Bashford, Church of England vicar and the newest Labour councillor on Birmingham City Council.

Letter: Psychiatric services that can serve the community

Sir: The biennial report by the Mental Health Act Commission only confirms what was already known to mental health workers, users of psychiatric services and relatives and carers: acute psychiatric care in inner cities has been in a state of crisis for some time.
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