I am going to send this to the WHO European Director of Noncommunicable diseases. I am also writing to a female peer in the House of Lords, a former nurse, who has a particular interest in NHS matters, as well as the British Thyroid Association. I think it is important to push the issue of woman's rights, because petitions don't usually do so, but please men do sign as well. Some of the biggest legal settlements I have seen in my years in the workplace as a health journalist have involved gender discrimination. I think this politically correct button should be pushed hard and of course it is overwhelmingly true. I also think 'reference range endocrinology', doctors' training and a GP contract that awards the diagnosis of depression should be brought to the fore. The only way to get change is to get politicians to debate the matter and to put pressure on the appalling and obdurate RCP and other medical organisations and to address the matter of what goes into medical textbooks. Medical practice is 50 years behind the research.