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Enoch Powell failed to introduce tests for cervical cancer | Letter from Sir Harold Evans

The Conservative politician Enoch Powell pictured in 1969
The Conservative politician Enoch Powell pictured in 1969. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

The thalidomide families are right to protest against any honouring of Enoch Powell (It isn’t just racism that should bar Powell from a blue plaque, Letters, 12 February). As I relate in My Paper Chase, he also would do nothing as minister of health to introduce tests for cervical cancer in the early 1960s.

The gynaecologist Mr Stanley Way at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, had proved how thousands of lives would be saved, but he was ignored until we took up the cause at the Northern Echo, supported by regional MPs such as Dr Jeremy Bray, and two Darlington women, Dr Jean Dubberly and my wife, the late Enid Evans, founder of the local Citizens Advice Bureau.

In neither case was there the slightest justification for Mr Powell’s adamant neglect.
Sir Harold Evans
New York

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This article titled "Enoch Powell failed to introduce tests for cervical cancer" was written by Letters, for The Guardian on Tuesday 13 February 2018 05.40pm

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