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Letters Poverty on the doorstep

Summary of responses

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1062
  1. Sharon Davies, letters editor
  1. BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
  1. sdavies{at}

    Why do people ignore poverty on their doorstep?1

    They don't, says Peter West. “Many people help, for example, through reading schemes in schools and by working in many different community groups. In addition, many British people give money to charities to help improve the social conditions of poor people.”2

    It is not surprising that rich Britons concentrate their charitable efforts on poverty in the developing world, adds Rachel Walpole. “It is not a matter of whether or not our fellow Britons are poor through their own choices; it is just that in worldwide terms, they are rich.”

    But …

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