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How will we care for the dying when hospitals are stretched beyond capacity? | Brief letters


I could not agree with Dr Lyn Jenkins more (Boldly facing a deadly virus, Letters, 20 March). I am a rapid-response nurse in central London, seeing acutely unwell patients in their own homes, to avoid harmful admissions to hospital. I saw a 90-year-old last week dying from Covid-19. She lived alone and had no family or friends. It was decided to admit her to hospital for palliation and a humane death – essentially so she wouldn’t die alone at home. Soon the hospitals won’t have the capacity to accommodate this. How will we care for the swathes of elderly people dying at home, particularly those alone without any family?
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As a long-suffering but loyal Sunderland fan and hence the butt of much so-called humour, it doesn’t help that the new series of Sunderland ’Til I Die airs on April Fools’ Day (Stress, spanners and dismay: another glimpse behind Sunderland’s curtain, 27 March).
John Huntley
Didsbury, Manchester

Re classic pop for these times (Letters, 23 March), how about Don’t Stand So Close to Me by the Police?
Austen Lynch
Garstang, Lancashire

Re your print-edition headline “Who takes over if the prime minister gets worse?” (28 March), surely it is impossible for him to be a worse PM.
Suellen Pedley
Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire

Be fair – Boris Johnson did promise 40 new hospitals
Pete Bibby
Sheffield



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