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Sixty seconds on . . . loneliness

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 24 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k300
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

This is a bit depressing

Sorry about that but here’s some good news—the government has appointed Tracey Crouch as the UK’s very first minister for loneliness. The government made the appointment after accepting all the recommendations of a commission on loneliness, set up after the murder of MP Jo Cox. Loneliness was an issue that was close to Cox’s heart.

Is loneliness a big problem?

There is a wealth of statistics on the …

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