YEP Letters: October 23

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One wonders which NHS brainbox has come up with the plan to pay GPs £55 for each diagnosis of dementia they make.

While one naturally has sympathy with sufferers of this dreadful complaint, there has to be something innately wrong with such a procedure, and surely it is unethical.

This is what doctors are there for in accordance with the oath they take.

Other complaints and diseases are equally as severe and debilitating, and early detection of those is just as important.

Think of the cost if similar payments were to be made for each diagnosis?

Money that could be better spent would be wasted, while funds are already short as we are so often told.

One would wish that those in high places in the NHS would think again before continuing with what most people will regard to be nonsense.

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

Vote importance exaggerated

Mike Harwood (YEP, October 16) exaggerates both the importance and significance of the Commons vote advocating the recognition of “the state of Palestine”.

Those who, like Rachel Reeves MP, abstained or voted against outnumbered those who voted in favour by about three to two.

Nor was it a true vote. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats allowed a free vote, but Miliband ordered the Labour MPs to vote for the resolution. To their credit Rachel Reeves and seven other members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet and many other Labour MPs refused to obey his order.

The remainder, in the famous words of Private Willis, “got to leave their brain outside and vote just as their leaders

Whilst on the ground there are joint enterprises between Israelis and Palestinians growing up, Abbas and his colleagues are being encouraged in their hostility to Israel by subsidies from Europe – to which we have to contribute – and by pointless resolutions such as that of the Commons.

John Collins, Alwoodley

Respect needed from students

Whilst applauding the idea that the student population of Leeds wish to be involved in the affairs of the city, I feel that as they are at present exempt from the payment of council tax they should only be offered a consultative role.

No taxation without representation works both ways!

I was also saddened to see that a supposed freshers’ week party got so out of hand that it ended in ASBOs for the tenants.

They well deserve them – too drunk to care is not a defence and maybe it will serve as a warning to any other yobbos who see getting drunk and destroying the peace of the neighbourhood as a good way to celebrate.

Big hint to them – houses are NOT halls of residence and there just might be wage earners trying to sleep in your area. Wage earners moreover who pay council tax! Respect is needed.

Margaret Thompson, Far Headingley

Archbishop promoted!

I’m sure the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is very flattered to be promoted to the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, as suggested in the caption beneath the photograph of the newly appointed bishops of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales (YEP, October 18)!

A and F Ward, Oakwood

TTIP kept out of public gaze

I was very pleased to see the letter from Gina Kirby of Pudsey (YEP, September 24) regarding the proposed EU/US deal known as TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

I would wager that many readers might have been scratching their heads, having never heard of this. That’s because it has been deliberately kept from the public gaze.

They don’t want us to know about the implications for loss of democracy. I recently emailed Vince Cable’s office with the following questions:

1. Why is TTIP being deliberately kept out of the public eye?

2. Why are negotiations with those whose main interest is American big business being held in secret?

3. Can you confirm that this represents the final nail in the coffin of our already faulty democracy?

I received a reply from something called the BIS (Business, Innovations and Skills) Central Drafting Unit.

It had two attachments, a totally irrelevant survey in which they want to hear how well they are serving us and a standardised letter regarding TTIP – full of Government 
waffle and meaningless assurances.

We should wish Gina Kirby and her fellow campaigners well in their quest. As for the survey I indicated “very dissatisfied” on every set of tick boxes.

Alan Freeman, Bramley

Need for clear housing debate

I was very interested to read Sylvia Ismond’s letter on the need for a clear debate on housing (YEP, October 20).

I share her concern and agree that a full and frank discussion about our housing needs is required.

We have been clear that we want to see the right homes built in the right places at the right time.

This means a commitment to high quality standards, a strong and prompt planning process, a focus on building affordable homes rather 
than ever-bigger mansions and a national policy of building on brownfield 
land first, wherever reasonable.

The newly published Lyons Review of Housing makes 
some very good recommendations for increasing the number of homes we build each year.

We have to state the obvious; to meet our needs all communities have to think 
about how much growth in housing they need, not respond with a flat “no” to any 
proposals.

Full council will be 
discussing our housing needs in detail in our meeting on November 12 and I am sure all sides of the conversation will be presented.

This is open to the public and available to be watched over the internet, both live and recorded. I hope as many people as possible get to see this discussion.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Deputy Leader, Leeds City Council

Work on Forge site heartening

I WAS very heartened to read that work has begun on the transformation of the old Kirkstall Forge site in Leeds.

This is long overdue. I hope that most of the 1,000 homes will be within the range of first time buyers and that the necessary infrastructure will be provided, especially a primary school and doctor’s surgery.

Both are in short supply along the A65 trunk route.

I would suggest as regards a school, that this is built first as there appear to be loopholes in existence which can result in the builders not fulfilling their obligations.

Whose final responsibility is that? Leeds City Council? And finally, would the total 
sum of dwellings go towards the number recently put forward by the Government for the Leeds area – or again is this 
another way of adding 1,000 houses to the final total because this project has been in the pipeline for a number of years?

Diana Davis, Rawdon