I wonder if any reader remembers me discussing the problem of elderly people getting their fingernails cut. If they do they will recall that there is a free toenail service in Essex but no provision for cutting elderly people’s fingernails. So concerned was I, not so much myself as I can afford to have my nails cut privately, but more for persons on a lower income who could not. For that reason,Â some months ago, Â I took the matter up with my local MP, Sir Alan Haselhurst who in turn contacted the Essex County Council. To cut a long story short, I am delighted to report that the ECC officers have had meetings with the Primary Care Trust and they have agreed to include fingernail cutting as part of their service. After going out to tender to provide this service it is anticipated it will commence on 1 October of this year. As I said to Sir Alan, it just goes to show what a couple of old boys can do if they stick to their guns.