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It is incredibly brave of the NHS to announce that obese people, and those who smoke or drink heavily, will be denied access to IVF treatment (your report, 16 May).

I know some GPs and nurses who dread having to tell 
patients that they are obese, but I find it puzzling that anyone would have to be told.

Surely you just step on a scale or look in a mirror. This move seems like a step in the right direction in the journey towards encouraging people to take responsibility for their own health.

Now let’s look at the ridiculous policy of free prescriptions for all. Lots of people can easily afford to pay for their medicine – and would be quite happy to do so too.

Angela Innes

Dundas Street

Edinburgh