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‘Pathetic’: Andy Murray slams 1% pay offer made to NHS workers

Two-time Wimbledon champion praises frontline staff, some of whom were invited to watch the tennisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAndy Murray has joined the chorus of condemnation of the government’s “pathetic” proposal for …

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Operators of gyms and pools query England’s new lockdown rules

Nightclubs also off limits but pubs can open – prompting accusations of inconsistencyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has given the green light to a night out in a pub or restaurant in England but gym workouts,…

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Experts call for inquiry into Cheltenham festival decision

Figures suggest coronavirus deaths rose as a result of racing event going ahead in MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePublic health experts have called for an investigation into whether the decision to allow the Cheltenham…

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Experts call for inquiry into Cheltenham festival decision

Figures suggest coronavirus deaths rose as a result of racing event going ahead in MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePublic health experts have called for an investigation into whether the decision to allow the Cheltenham…

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The semiotics of Sepp Blatter’s beef with white wine | Letters

Police officers and their pay | James Bond and the former Fifa president | Going tabloid in the 19th century | Borrowings by Robert Louis Stevenson and Bob Dylan | From Trump Street into Russia Row

Your editorial on public sector pay (Nurses teachers and firefighters are long overdue a rise, 20 June) was disappointing for a couple of reasons. First, you exclude police officers from the headline, when they have suffered similar pay freezes and cuts, compounded by pay-scale freezes and the largest raid on pensions. Second, you use the sexist term “policemen” when referring to officers running into danger – are you suggesting policewomen run the other way? The perfectly respectable gender-neutral alternatives “officer” and “constable” have been in satisfactory use for many decades.
DCI Louise Fleckney
Broughton, Northamptonshire

James Bond in From Russia with Love, to his enemy Donald “Red” Grant: “Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.” Sepp Blatter, lunching with David Conn (G2, 19 June), ordered white wine with côte de bœuf. Doesn’t that tell us something?
Clifton Melvin
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

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Letters: Bolton schools lead the way on CPR lessons

Your editorial (Unthinkable? Teaching CPR in schools, 27 September) raised a very important issue of public health. Schools in Bolton have already taken Fabrice Muamba’s near-death experience as an impetus to extend the PE curriculum to include the British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart programme. For example, Rivington and Blackrod high school, near Bolton Wanderers’ stadium, begins at the start of year 7 by teaching basic life-saving skills, and these are updated and extended annually through to year 11. This programme, now in its second year, fits well within the healthy living module and is embraced by staff and pupils.

It is a shame, however, that efforts by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling to persuade the government to include this in the national curriculum have fallen on deaf ears, despite a 100,000-signature petition. She has now teamed up with the local paper, the Bolton News, to ensure that all children within Bolton receive life-saving training before they leave school. This goes hand in hand with a goal of providing defibrillators in schools and public places.

We hope schools in other areas, who have not considered teaching their young people invaluable life-saving skills, will now follow Bolton’s innovative example.
Megan Scott and Judith Marsden
Bolton

• Earlier this year, I helped launch a free app and website, Lifesaver, to teach practical CPR using interactive films based on real-world scenarios. In the absence of a co-ordinated approach to teaching CPR in schools, the app makes a vital contribution to raising skills and awareness.
Jenny Lam
London

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Lucy Mangan: the NHS, a cautionary tale

The proposal to close my local hospital draws together all the major narrative threads of the damage being done to the NHSAs I get older, I understand less and less. Events such as the banking crisis or the Arab Spring or education …

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Hugh Muir’s diary

He’s shouty and rubs shoulders with cops and spooks. A perfect chief for the NHS• We hear little from Voldemort Lansley these days, but his legacy endures. Clinicians all confused. Management consultants cashing in. And then there is the appointment …