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Does this spell the end for our hospital?

Letter of the Week: Wendy Senior, Dewsbury

Dear Sir,

Is that the beginning of the end for Dewsbury hospital? I have spent the last 4-5 years fighting against this downgrade which will start in September.

I have watched the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Mid Yorkshire Trust decimate a hospital which was paid for by Dewsbury people.

The Coronary Care unit and the children’s ward are now closed and empty – these services are now at Pinderfields hospital.

The CCG and Trust groups decided to build a new children’s assessment unit at Dewsbury hospital which has been open about three years which is now being downgraded.

The new maternity ward which is based in the Ridings annex has six beds, ladies are expected to stay for six hours when their babies have been delivered. An epidural for pain relief will not be available there.

I worked at Crossley maternity home, a midwife-led unit in the 1960s. We were constantly sending for Dr Fox who was based at Moorlands maternity home because no one knows when women in labour are going to have problems.

So stop this madness, playing with people’s lives to save money. Bronte Towers maternity building was built to take the place of Crossley, Batley and Moorlands maternity homes, so why do we have to go to Wakefield?

I have seen lots of money wasted while attending CCG meetings and have been told by people who work at all three hospitals about money wasted there.

The people who run the hospitals are not elected. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health handed the CCG the money to make the changes and now it is nothing to do with the Government when all the planned changes have been passed.

On Tuesday August 23 at 7.30pm, 38 Degrees and Save Dewsbury Hospital Services groups are holding a public meeting at Dewsbury Town Hall. We have invited the CCG and Trust members so please come along and ask questions.


Gipsy idea is going nowhere

From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike

Dear Sir,

In your article in last week’s Press regarding untaxed vehicles in Mirfield, and in particular, the ones belonging to the gipsies camped on playing fields off Old Bank Road, I must say I fully agree with Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt, said that vehicles in Mirfield, suspected of being untaxed, should be taken off the road.

All drivers should be made to have roadworthy, taxed and insured vehicles, not only the ones with a permanent address.

Why should the gipsy community be treated differently?

The obvious answer is staring us in the face. If the gipsies have no transport, they can’t move on, meaning you’re stuck with them on your patch.

So Martyn, I hope you’re successful in your fight to take away the gipsies’ vehicles, ensuring they become a permanent part of the Mirfield scene,  and keeping them out of our bustling little town of Heckmondwike.


Fat cats must pay the price

From: Mr RS Phillips, via email

Dear Sir,

We keep reading about NHS and council bigwigs blaming everything on being short of money, and yet there were more than 320 public health bosses on more than £2,000 a week in 2014/2015.

What exactly do they do? What qualifications have they? How do they benefit patients and taxpayers?

More than half of them, almost 200 “work” for Public Health England, who tells us things such as to get more sleep and to drink less!

Chief Executive Duncan Selbie earned £4,000 a week, similar to Cornwall’s outgoing public health director, who also got a £122,000 golden goodbye.

Will we ever see the cuts they say are needed landing on the shoulders of these fat cats, and the ones in local government?


Managing to make a mess

From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge

Dear Sir

You may be interested in my letter (Jan 22) concerning the downgrading of Staincliffe hospital. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.

How do the esteemed managers of our public service make their decisions? Can they enlighten us?

Of late there seems to be one bad decision after another (demolition of Whitcliffe Mount SC, Spen poolweights room being confined to a small airless annex, to name but two).

Poor management seems to be a peculiar British disease. Danny’s latest rant about the demise of the Reporter Group is another case in point.

Perhaps managers all learn their management style from the same Ladybird book.

Or is it the ‘Peter principle’ whereby employees rise to the level of their own incompetence.

Or the one I subscribe to: Management is like a cesspool, the big sh**s float to the top.

Either way we as a community, and for that matter, a country, are being badly let down.

These so called “reviews” are just a complete waste of everyone’s time.

WMSC, Staincliffe and I suspect Hinkley Point, all take absolutely no notice of public concern or input, or expert opinion, and just ratify the original decisions made behind closed doors.

They are just a sop to the public, making us believe that democracy has been served.

Any ideas for a cure? Here are two for a start:

1. Adequately remunerate employees for what they are good at, not what they might be good at.

2. Limit executive pay to 10x that of the lowest paid within their respective organisation.


Personal view on Clayborn

From: Michael Holmes, Lee Green, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

Re the Liversedge FC/Clayborn situation.

May I put my two-pennorth in, as my parents the late Jack and Doris Holmes were on the original 1946 committee and playing staff, and I served as a committee member for over 30 years.

Over the years the problems have been highlighted by your papers, with residents “land grabbing to park their cars”.

When this was reported to the authorities, what was done? Nothing.

It doesn’t need 750 signatures to say the lane is inadequate, we all know that.

Is it not a ‘duty of care’ for Kirklees to ensure people’s safety on the lane? Again – councillors, nothing.

Why is Clayborn over-used by the local fraternity?

That’s right, because there’s nowhere else in Dewsbury, Batley or Spen that can stage a floodlit fixture. This is a reflection on Kirklees and local councillors.

A local councillor told the club to upgrade the access to highway standards before applying for developments, but Kirklees say our responsibility ends at our boundary – work that one out.

They are treating us like fools!

It has been clearly stated that a covenant means it is a football field for another 60 years.

Speaking to a club official I asked if there was a Kirklees development officer showing any interest, or are they lost somewhere in Huddersfield council offices?

It seems that our two local councilors have washed their hands as it isn’t in their interest and they don’t want to upset their friends on the lane.

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