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Monday 19 April 2010

Presented by Jane Garvey.

Confidentiality is one of the bedrocks of the doctor / patient relationship. But are there times when a doctor should break that confidence? The number of people with a sexually transmitted disease has increased dramatically in the last ten years. Most people who catch a disease do the responsible thing and tell their partner or spouse. But what if they refuse to do so? Should the doctor step in? Jane talks to Dr Valerie Nathanson, head of science and ethics at the BMA and journalist Katie Grant.

And the Polish conservationist Malgorzata Gorska talks to Jane about the lengthy campaign she led to save the Rospuda Valley, one of Europe's last true wildernesses, from a controversial bypass project.

Jane hears from Major Chris MacGregor and his wife about the effects of army life on the family. After he returned from duty in Iraq in 2007, he began writing a poem which has now been published as a childrens' picture book called "My Daddy's Going Away". He wanted to reduce the anxiety his children felt when he left them to work away from home.

And next month (May) sees the Daphne du Maurier festival in Cornwall. Fiona Clampin visits the countryside and the beaches around Fowey, the setting of du Maurier's most famous novel, 'Rebecca', with the novelist Celia Brayfield and blue badge guide Josephine King.


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    Photo of Major Chris MacGregor and his family - courtesy of Alexander Basta.

    My Daddy's Going Away by Major Chris MacGregor is published by Giddy Mangoes Ltd ISBN: 978-0-9564651-0-8

    My Daddy's Going Away


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