I paid my dues, don’t restrict my treatment
Letter of the Week: Karen Pickard, via email
I am appalled to hear that someone who smokes or is obese will have to wait longer than someone who does not smoke or is not obese.
I don’t believe that anyone, including myself, was told when I set out on my working life that my NI contributions which I have made every month for the last 39 years came with conditions.
What really infuriates me is that I have asked for a gastric sleeve to help me lose the weight I need to put me in that healthy weight bracket, only to be told you will be made to jump through hoops before you can have the surgery.
Surely this contradicts what Kirklees and MPs are now saying.
I have worked for 39 years, the last 15 in the Prison Service, where I suffered a major trauma to my back which has left me on crutches on a good day or in a wheelchair on a bad day.
Dieting does not work, I don't lose weight. So being proactive I discussed with my GP about having this gastric sleeve, as it would reduce my weight and possibly reduce my pain and allow me to get mobile.
If I had £11,000 I could have the operation done next week. But I don't have that amount of money.
I have considered selling all my jewellery, including my wedding rings, but I still would be short of that magical figure.
So I have to endure the constant discrimination by society, the NHS and now Kirklees MPs who I help elect.
Even though this operation would be on health grounds and long term would save the NHS money, and the end result would put me into the box of non-smoker, non-drinker and not obese, I'm still treated like some kind of leper.
If I was a drug addict I would be treated and supported.
Yes I'm angry and I cannot apologise for this anger, as a hard-working citizen of 39 years who has paid her dues with only a six-month break for maternity, I feel I have earned the right to have treatment for a condition which has caused another symptom.
No need for CCTV on estate
From: Name and Address Supplied
Following a CCTV camera petition done by some residents on the Pilgrim Estate, I am writing to clearly tell you that CCTV is not supported by all of us, but only a minority.
Most people don’t want CCTV, this takes families’ privacy, but the most important thing is that the problems of Pilgrim are no worse than any other council estate.
I have lived here for 30 years and I can say that this area has got much better in the last 20 years.
I think this can be backed by both local police and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing. There’s no need for CCTV.
Thanks for being nice!
Name: Samantha Lloyd-Gray, Liversedge
There are some nice, honest people in the world. I want to thank the lovely Asian lady who tapped me on the shoulder at my car down at the Ravensthorpe shopping complex on October 5 to tell me I had dropped my purse.
I had a handful of shopping and a three-year-old in tow and would not have known I had dropped it.
Thank you again.
Debate on travellers
From: Howard Ross, Dewsbury
I just happened to tune in to an interesting debate in parliament on ‘gypsies, travellers and the local community’.
As you may well imagine many MPs were recounting instances of illegal camping and the clean-up afterwards.
Fortunately I live in an area not blighted by such incursions but do live not too far from Shaw Cross playing fields, which have seen many over the years.
Looking round the debating chamber I didn’t manage to spot either of our local MPs in attendance (apologies if I missed them) which is a great shame.
Perhaps as this had nothing to do with the NHS or other such high-profile situations they were just too busy to attend.
A surfeit of hypocrisy
From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge
A while ago I seem to recall my leftie luvvy rag celebrating that they had uncovered the, not unsurprising fact, that BAE paid bribes to foreign big cheeses in order to secure orders, and celebrating that they have put a stop to this un-British practice
Great result, they must be really proud of themselves.
Now we have 2,000 workers being made redundant by said company, apparently due to lack of orders or the timing thereof.
It’s great taking the moral high ground when it doesn't directly affect you, as is the general modus operandi of the leftie luvvy.
However, it is obvious to most of us, that if you want to do business in the real world you have to play by their rules.
If you want the world to play by so-called British rules of honesty, fair play, etc then perhaps we should have held on to our empire.
Unsurprisingly, they seem oblivious to the fact that the EU divorce bill is a bribe in all but name to secure favourable trade deals.
Of late, we as a country don’t seem to have much going for us, but, what we do have, is a surfeit of hypocrisy in some quarters.
Welcome to new home
From: John Walshaw, on behalf of the Oakwell Art Group, Birstall
Once again it has come round to the time of year for our annual art exhibition, on Saturday and Sunday October 21-22.
It will include a tombola and kids' colouring competition, similar to the one in Birstall Market Place during the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.
After all the disruption this year of moving into new premises under Birstall Library, the members look forward to welcoming friends old and new who have supported us over the years.
From: Chris Thorne, Dewsbury
I would like to air my concerns about Kirklees planning and building control.
In April this year my neighbours started work on two buildings, one of them an outbuilding of large proportions.
Having contacted the council they sent round an enforcement officer, who deemed both to be satisfactory!
After I complained they decided that planning permission would be required. By the time they’d dilly-dallied about, the projects were finished.
The outcome of the outbuilding is that it doesn’t impact my amenity so it can stay there.
It’s a bit of a joke, all things considered.
Contact your MP
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
In 2013, two London-based banks lent $2billion to three state-owned companies in Mozambique.
The loans were given in secret, bypassing the Mozambique Parliament.
An independent audit has raised huge questions about the due diligence undertaken by the two banks.
Mozambique is now in a serious debt crisis, facing cuts to public services like healthcare and education, and could be sued in UK courts by vulture funds seeking a large profit on the debt.
I have asked my MP Tracy Brabin to sign the parliamentary motion which criticises the role of the UK banks in contributing to the debt crisis in Mozambique, and calls for action to protect Mozambique from vulture funds and for measures to prevent secret loans being given again.
To date 53 MPs have signed the motion and hope that other readers will persuade their own MP to do the same.