July 27th 2002


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TRADE: Sugar industry study backs failed policies, not new solutions

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: SA Govt to ignore Drug Summit call for harm minimisation?

ICC: a clarification (letter)

It's a cruel world ... (letter)

Welfare equity? (letter)

Islam and Australia (letter)

COMMENT: After Cheryl Kernot - character is important in public life

ASIA: Hong Kong: deflation and Big Brother

BIOETHICS: It's fact - life begins at fertilisation

COMMENT: Liability insurance and the abortion industry

COMMENT: How to uphold Australian 'culture' - plagiarise

BOOKS: 'ALIVE: The True Story of the Andes Survivors', by Piers Paul Read

COVER STORY: Why the Kashmir conflict won't go nuclear

EDITORIAL: The maternity leave morass

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Telstra sale splits minor parties - but will it be enough?

Government should act to secure super savings

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Nerve cells used in spinal cord regeneration trial

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Empty vessels at the old corral / Short-termism

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It's a cruel world ... (letter)


by M. Howard

News Weekly, July 27, 2002
Sir,

Two incidents last week deserve comment.

1. A patient with bone cancer was left naked and uncovered in a consulting room while the "very highly esteemed doctor" went and attended to something somewhere else. On returning, the doctor took four telephone calls before attending to the patient. This did nothing for her confidence.

2. Twelve elderly residents are to be evicted from an aged care hostel, "Woolcott Court" in Wahroonga, Sydney. Woolcott Court went bankrupt and was put up for auction on July 4 as "Vacant Possession".

There is no compensation for these elderly residents. What is to become of them?

It is a cruel world if you are old or sick.

M. Howard
Ariah Park, NSW




























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