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Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness

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04.12.2018

I SEE MY my primary role as that of a rural GP. I see, on a daily basis, the profound physical and mental health problems that are exacerbated by loneliness.

The loneliness campaign launched in June is a deeply personal issue for me.

One of the primary findings in the Loneliness Taskforce Report – A Connected Island, An Ireland Free from Loneliness – was that Ireland should have a minister with
responsibility for loneliness.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Tracey Crouch as Minister for Loneliness, borne out of the legacy of the late Jo Cox MP. Prior to her murder in 2016 by a far-right extremist, Jo Cox had campaigned for the establishment of a Commission on Loneliness.

She wanted to “turbo-charge”........

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