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Letters Loneliness

Tackling loneliness with a well stocked community

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 11 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2953
  1. Lisa McNally, director of public health
  1. Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell RG12 1JD, UK
  1. lisa.mcnally{at}

The Royal College of General Practitioners’ action plan on tackling loneliness is a positive move.12 It advocates for public campaigns on loneliness and for professional development resources. It also encourages social prescribing and the promotion of local, community based opportunities for social contact.

This last point is crucial. As I’ve said elsewhere, “Just as a doctor’s prescription …

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