Your Letters – Friday January 26, 2018

Still troubled by how quiet the hospital was

Letter of the Week: Graham Thorne, Batley

Following up from my original letter on January 12, I have now visited Dewsbury Hospital four times in connection with my wife’s injury and have not seen a single emergency ambulance at the premise, just several minibuses marked as patient transport driving around.

Having spoken to someone at her church with hospital connections, she was told that Ambulances are instructed not to take casualties to Dewsbury, but to go straight to Pinderfields A&E (or Leeds in certain cases).

If this is the case, it is no wonder that Tracy Brabin found Pinderfields rushed off its feet, whilst Dewsbury has appeared nice and quiet on our visits.    

Why did she not visit Dewsbury (catering for her constituency) as well as/instead of Pinderfields – or was a convenient political point being made?   

As I said before, this has meant wonderful personal attention for my wife, on a par with a private hospital, but does not seem a sensible distribution of resources.

On the subject of resources, we are told this week that more nurses are leaving the profession than are joining.

Might I suggest that the fact nurses have to do a three-year degree course could be a big factor?

When I was younger, young women or men left school and, if interested in nursing, entered the profession to train as either a State Enrolled Nurse (SEN) or State Registered Nurse (SRN). 

They combined practical learning on the wards with the theoretical aspects of the job and became very good practitioners, with no false expectations of what was required of them.

Why not revert to this system and enable those who wish to specialise or progress further up the ranks to study for degrees on a part time basis, rather like the Open University, rather than having to complete three heavy and expensive years on a full-time University course.

One size does not fit all!

Another story of concern

From: GA Cass, Spen

We hear of lots of good stories about the treatment of patients from the NHS and the staff do their best in most cases.

However, in the last few weeks I have listened to people concerned about lengthy waiting time some people have had to endure. 

Most recently I heard of an elderly gentleman who had fallen, cutting himself very badly, but it still took two-and-a-half hours for an ambulance to arrive. 

Even then they did not know where to take him and he was waiting on a chair for hours. 

When he collapsed he was put on a trolley in a corridor and was later transferred to Pinderfields. By this time it was after 11pm (his ordeal having started early that morning). 

He was finally stitched up two days later and sent back to Dewsbury Hospital, but they had nowhere to put him, so he was sent home with no-one there to look after him and fitted with a catheter.

He is a crippled person and cannot walk without great difficulty and has no use in his right arm. 

Needless to say he fell again trying to change himself and cut his head open again on the other side.

May I, on behalf of the British public, thank our politicians past and present for filling our country to overflowing with people from all over the world and then granting housing developments which we cannot hope to serve, with the pressures put on our infrastructure.

Also for sending foreign aid to countries which have a space programme and corruption nearly as bad as our own country.

Let’s not lose our library

From: Peter King, Mirfield

Once again Mirfield Library is under threat of closure following Kirklees’ decision to slash the library services budget by £1.9m.

This is on top of our council tax going up by nearly six per cent.

Are we getting value for money in Mirfield? Darren Smith has had to pay over a six-figure sum, is this going to be reinvested in Mirfield? 

Will the sale of Mirfield Town Council offices by Kirklees mean more spent in Mirfield or will it go into Kirklees coffers? 

Kirklees have issued a consultation document that is available in Mirfield Library and online at www.kirklees.

Anyone having looked at the document will realise that it is complex and requires some prior knowledge of the situation to complete properly. 

The Friends of Mirfield Library are meeting to discuss the consultation document and our response on Monday  February 5 at 6.30pm in Mirfield Library.

Everybody’s welcome who values the library and wants it to continue. Please do not let 2018 be the year we lose our library.

Jobs created aren’t stable

From: Len Gardner, Batley

Re: Carillion, etc. The 20,000 people now on tenterhooks regarding their future are experiencing what I experienced four times in my working life; so from experience I can sympathise.

At a guess I would say you can add another 10,000 affected people.

I wrote to our Prime Minister a long time ago to say one of the problems with our young people is the complete lack of stability in our employment situation.

This Government keeps telling us that millions of jobs have been created. I ask them how many are full-time contracted jobs with sick pay, holiday entitlement, complaints procedures and all the rights which should be expected of a democratic country?

Our Prime Minister tells us how many billions of pounds have been poured into the NHS – yet we still have patients in ambulances and corridors.

The NHS administration must be wrong as I know from personal experience how good and dedicated the grassroots staff are.

Another thing which completely baffles me is our government saying the austerity period is still with us. The cutbacks on funding are still necessary – yet our Prime Minister finds over £40m to give to France, to spend in France, not England.

They (the Government) find £2bn here, £3bn there; where’s it coming from if we have nowt?

Somebody must have a fantastic fast-growing money tree; I’d love a cutting from it in my garden.

I never had a job when I was working which gave me huge rewards for failing to do my job, and I would have had a hell of a time finding re-employment.

Yet top executives today bankrupt companies, steal pension funds (which I always thought were ringfenced and untouchable), retire to the Bahamas and are offered top director/executive positions for failure in order to do the same thing over again.

I must be daft – I’ve always been honest!

I asked the council leader some time ago in a public meeting after our last public toilet closed in Batley Market Place,  what he would do if he wanted a toilet desperately when he was 80+. His answer – use Tesco or other private café toilets.

I know if you’ve ‘goro go’, you’ve ‘goro go’, and running through car parks or on Commercial Street at 80+ is just not on.

He added we get less government funding so the cuts have to be made somewhere.

I rest my case here on this one.

The reader will think what a grumbling old so-and-so this guy Len is – and I am.

I come from a family of nine originally – I am the ‘last of the Mohicans’.

We didn’t have much money, and yet we were honest, hardworking and happy – and I insist they were the good old days – or am I looking through rose-tinted glasses?

Two meetings this weekend

From: Jane Hicks, Batley

I am writing on behalf of the Friends of Batley Library. 

As I am sure you are aware, Kirklees Council has had some difficult decisions to make regarding its budget. 

One of the decisions that it has made is to cut the libraries’ budget by almost 50 per cent. 

This will inevitably mean the closure of some libraries. 

It is very important that we make Kirklees Council aware of how important Batley Library is; how many activities take place there, how many people go there for help and advice from other agencies and how many people go there for company. 

We realise that the council has to find more money for social care, one of the things that brings about the need for this care is loneliness, and depriving people of the library would seem to be a backward step. 

Also the fact that Batley Library is centrally positioned means it is easily accessible to all residents of Batley.

Please can as many people as possible fill in the Kirklees libraries questionnaire that is available from Batley library or online at

If you have a problem filling in the questionnaire, library volunteers will be willing to help but please do not ask library staff for help as this puts them in a difficult position. 

There are two public meetings in Batley Library. On Friday January 26 Coun Graham Turner is coming to the library to talk about Kirklees plans for the libraries and to answer questions. 

He will be in the library between 10am and 12 noon. 

On Saturday January 27 at 2pm there will be an extraordinary meeting of the Friends of Batley Library, when we would welcome as many members of the public as are able to attend. This meeting will be attended by Tracy Brabin MP.

These policies will lead us nowhere

From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge

I, like Danny Lockwood, have been left totally bemused by the release of the latest recruitment campaign from the army. 

The core message of which is that the army is misunderstood and is really a diverse, touchy-feely organisation, and not the least bit ‘discriminatory’.

I get the feeling that the term ‘discriminatory’, has now been elevated to sit alongside the terms ‘racist’ and ‘misogynist’ as something any respectable model citizen or enterprise should avoid being called at any cost, on pain of becoming a social media pariah, unemployable or being forced into the political wilderness.

This policy seems to be based purely on basic data concerning the ethnic, cultural, sexual and social make-up of our nation.

A decision has then been made that this statistical make-up should be reflected within all the UK’s industry and institutions.

Otherwise they can be sued by well-paid lawyers representing any number of snowflakes who have been traumatised by ‘discriminatory’ employment practices.

This seems to be yet another misguided PC policy championed by leftie luvvies.

I can only see the end result of these politically correct, positive discrimination policies, resulting in a country becoming as competent and effective as Kirklees Council.

Champagne socialists don’t serve the people

From: Ian Hopkinson, Gomersal

The adoption of socialism and liberalism has failed many a country – think Venezuela and those of the USSR. The economy of communist China only shot forward when they endorsed capitalism, with the discipline of their people. 

Many Labour politicians, who may set out with good intentions, can be sucked into the ‘establishment’ by their human greed for money.

Prime examples of the hypocritical ‘champagne socialist’ are Tony Blair, worth an estimated £60m, Mr and Mrs Neil Kinnock with £8m from their work in the European Union, Peter Mandelson, Emily Thornberry, said to be worth £3m, Polly Toynbee from The Guardian with a holiday home in Italy, and Diane Abbott, who paid for her son to go to private school.

Another is Alan Milburn, the ex-Labour minister who has the cheek to show his face on TV spouting about equality! He tries to talk posh, trying to lose his Geordie accent, and moved away from his roots to the posh little town of Hexham.

He has numerous well-paid directorships, together with other lucrative positions, no doubt from ‘contacts’ he made when in government.

How can the term ‘to serve the people’ be used for characters like this?

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