Just let our NHS do what it does best
Letter of the Week: Leonard Gardner, Batley
I am writing about a subject I never thought I would write about – cancer and me.
I saw my local GP about a bladder problem and he sent me for a urinary inspection at Dewsbury Hospital – part of the Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust.
I came away shattered, bewildered and disillusioned with life as I had just been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
I later went again to Dewsbury for assessment to see if I was physically fit for an operation.
I want to emphasise on both these visits I was treated and spoken to with the greatest respect (I am 83) and kindness and consideration by the nurses and doctors.
They seemed to care about how I felt about the diagnosis and allay my fears as I spoke the words “It’s a death sentence”.
I say to the damned politicians and the people who make millions of pounds out of my NHS – leave out your business plans and your beloved vote-catching thoughts and make sure our ‘jewel in the crown’ NHS will always be in the hands of people who care.
People who extend the lives of ordinary citizens day on day and year on year. Nurses, doctors, surgeons – the grassroots of our NHS.
Give them the tools and forethought to carry on with the brilliant job they do every day.
Politicians – hands off our NHS.
I had my operation at Pinderfields. I’ll try not to laugh at the monstrosity of a building which does not direct you to a ward but to a ‘gate’?
I expected a herd of cows to come charging through – instead I got another group of people who cared for and respected me and did all they could to allay my fears.
I now await some radiotherapy treatment at St James’ in Leeds, which I am told has a first-rate record.
I want to tell people that cancer today is not as life-threatening as it used to be, and although there are still failures the success rate is growing every year.
This success is definitely not due to the politicians or the high and mighty administrators but to the caring nurses, doctors, surgeons and all the ancilliary workers who perform as a team.
Finally, thanks to the entire team at Dewsbury and Pinderfields for making me live again.
Spend hospital cash on patients
From: Jabar Khaliq, Dewsbury Moor
Regarding the new proposed hospital for the Kirklees district. NHS hospitals are meant to be there for local people. I do not understand at all what they are trying to do because Dewsbury Hospital was extended a few years ago.
They have now closed many of the wards and services at Dewsbury Hospital and moved everything to Pinderfields, making it very difficult for local people.
I know people struggle and find it difficult to travel to Pinderfields.
However they are excited about building a new hospital – there’s no idea where yet, but somewhere in the district.
I am sure people will want to know why they have closed parts of Dewsbury Hospital and are trying to do the same at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary when these buildings have nothing wrong with them.
Why build another hospital when all the services can be run from the present buildings?
The money you will spend on a new hospital, why not spend it on patients?
System is set up to enrich
From: John F Murphy, via email
Before going any further may I state that my views are not those of this newspaper and also, if there is anyone sitting out there waiting to be offended, TOUGH!
It is my belief that the parlous state of law and order that the country finds itself in was engineered by the ruling classes.
This was designed and nurtured to enrich the parasitical legal profession and to bloat the already swollen coffers of the bureaucratic establishment (funny handshake brigade).
Despite all the carefully orchestrated propaganda trumpeting ever-improving exam results, with photos of overjoyed students to embellish the story, the nation is becoming more and more stupefied, fed on a diet of moronic American TV shows and equally intellectually challenged reality television shows.
An underclass has been created to provide fodder for the blood-sucking lawyers, an underclass which is predisposed to both crime and laziness. Their misdemeanours are paid for, in legal aid fees, by the working people, as is their ‘Benefits Britain’ lifestyle.
The situation could easily be remedied by the harsh enforcement of both law and order and by stringent testing of eligibility to assistance by the state.
But this would take the caviar-coated crust from the collective mouths of the legal profession, and is never likely to happen.
My wife’s car was recently vandalised in the Mecca Bingo car park. The police responded promptly and were extremely helpful.
In their estimation this was probably the actions of kids, feral most likely in the writer’s opinion.
Don’t ignore lonely problem
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
A recent programme on BBC Radio Four dealt with the problem of loneliness and isolation, in an interview a woman made a very telling comment in that she never took photos because she had no-one to show them to.
She lived in a rural area of Gloucestershire, but wherever you live the problem is the same – empty shops, banks, post offices, pubs, libraries and reductions in public transport.
These service reductions isolate people, particularly the elderly.
Loneliness leads to poor health, a lack of activity to keep them busy and after eight years of austerity a lack of cash to spend.
According to Age UK, half a million people over the age of 60 spend every day alone.
Online shopping and the growth of out-of-town retail outlets with ample free parking may suit some people, but it’s to the detriment of the high street businesses who are struggling with high rising rents and reduced sales, with a real sense of a lack of community spirit, and a world that supports the individual rather than the collective.
We ignore this problem at our peril.
He did us proud
From: Wendy Storey, Mirfield
I just wanted to say what a brilliant contribution Danny Lockwood made on Newsnight on Monday night.
He speaks for and stands up for so many of us ‘ordinary’ Yorkhire folk who are often passed over!
On the panel with Danny last night were three women who, by the way they spoke, had not really talked to many ‘ordinary’ people and I found some of their views compared to Dannys both patronising and far too academic.
Danny says it as it is and doesn’t mince his words.
I am a Brexiteer too for many various reasons and believe there should not be another referendum.
I am a 72-year-old woman born and brought up in Batley and proud of it and I have also lived in London and the Middle East and think I have experienced life to the full and worked with and met many fascinating people.
I was incensed recently when in a friendly debate with someone to be told that no-one over 65 should have been able to even vote in the Brexit referendum!
I am a great believer in looking to the future and care about what young people want from our country.
We do tend when older to look back at life through rose-coloured spectacles and it certainly was not always rosy. But I still feel I can have an opinion and that young people can learn from the ‘older’ person’s life experiences.
Again well done Danny, you did us proud.