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How to spoil peace of the Quayside; VOICE OF THE NORTH.

LIKE many other people, I took a stroll along Newcastle Quayside on Sunday morning. There is always a good atmosphere down there then.

Grannies and grandads with the grandbairns and their families; people visiting our city for the weekend, young and old alike, chilling out, perhaps buying something from one of the friendly stallholders. It is like an oasis of calm in a troubled world.

As I neared the Millennium Bridge, the atmosphere changed dramatically. Here was a mobile, audio-visual unit blasting out information on cancer, courtesy of the NHS. It seems you can hardly switch a television on these days without coming across some NHS ad giving out a doom-laden message.

I wonder if this is what Nye Bevan envisioned when he set up the National Health Service in 1948. More like something George Orwell thought of.

MICK DAVIES, Shieldfield, Newcastle
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2010
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