Poetry cutback

Poems in the Waiting Room, a charity that provides poetry leaflets to GP surgeries, is to cut the number of surgeries it supplies from 1,382 to 400.

The charity blames a cut in funding from the Arts Council of England because of a preference for a mix of poetry ahead of mainly contemporary work.

Dr Paul Staten (above), a GP in Milton Keynes, said that patients at his surgery had found the poems uplifting and that they helped 'people reflect on their condition'.

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