YEP Letters: September 4

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Our NHS is ‘seriously lacking’

Gordon Greaves, by email

We hear so much about the great English NHS, but it is seriously lacking compared with other parts of the EU and UK.

In 2010 my wife had a serious car accident while living in France and had five months in hospital recovering from brain damage, where she had to learn to walk and talk again. Released from Limoges hospital she was then collected by ambulance three times a week and driven the 50km to Limoges Hospital for continued rehabilitation. After that a physiotherapist visited her at home three times a week, all covered free on the French health card (Carte Vitale).

After eight months French doctors recommended she return to Northern Ireland the only place she had some memory of living. There she was transported to Drumcoo Rehabilitation Centre for brain injury in Enniskillen, three times a week. She met people with similar problems played games, quizzes and had days out together. The move proved beneficial as every place we went or friend we met, opened a chunk of memory.

In Northern Ireland I applied for DLA but was told because we had been out of the UK over two years we could not claim benefit for 26-weeks. I was retired before going to France and we both paid into the system all our working lives.

To continue her progress we decided to return to Bedale, North Yorkshire, where we had lived before going to France, but this was a big mistake. There are no facilities in the English NHS for rehabilitation of brain injured people. My wife had some physiotherapy but because of her loss of memory the next session started from the same point as the last, so the sessions were cancelled.

Something has to be done but I do not think this is an issue of funding, it is using resources more effectively.

Exodus to Germany

Alex Gillies, Leeds 14

In Hungary the exodus of young migrants/refugees, many from Syria, were chanting “freedom, freedom, we want to go to Germany” on BBC News.

Having just spent a five day coach tour and cruise down the Rhine, I can quite understand why they prefer Germany as a suitable destination to find employment.

The full length of the Rhine has huge barges running up and down 24/7 carrying gas, oil and coal. Then on either side there is a road, no large haulage type wagons seem to use them? Then there’s the railway track and it is a hive of activity day and night.

Passenger trains having more than a dozen carriages, freight trains carrying steel girders, iron ore, containers for fuel, gas, etc, I stopped counting at 30.

No such activity in the good old UK. Our canals dormant, railways are a joke, roads have gone to pot, when was the last time you saw coal or steel being transported?

My grandsons think everything’s made of Lego, only kidding, but I’m sure that some children think steel is thieving.

You might think I’m demeaning the UK but I never saw a road sweeper/litter picker and I was hard pressed to see a sweety paper in any place I visited.

Welcome home Alex, stuck at Calais, freight train broke down in tunnel. Lies - as we travelled up the M1 the news on the radio said migrants were in the tunnel. Trying to get to Germany maybe?

It’s time for humanity

R Kimble, Hawksworth

Nobody could surely fail to be moved by the photograph of the dead child on the front of several UK newspapers yesterday.

Cameron has stated that there is no more room for any more (im)migrants. Presumably this phrase also covers rich, white Americans, Australians and Canadians? Rich Russians? Rich oil magnates?

This attitude and phraseology seems to me to reek of bigotry and,yes, racism. He seemingly forgets the role that the UK has played in this crisis with all their warmongering.

Meanwhile Iain Duncan Smith will refer to any that come here as “scroungers.”

This from someone who claimed for new underwear and breakfast on his expenses and has had his Parliamentary credit card suspended. Hypocrite.

Cameron talks big about (Christian) morality: let him show some (and some humanity as well).

This government shows exactly the same lack of humanity that their idol showed in the 1980s and the hypocrisy (criticising those on benefits whilst living of inherited wealth) mirrors that era. Despicable.

Support those who work

Paul C Thompson, Scarcroft

What a refreshing and very common sense letter from A Hague, regarding spending money that one does not have (YEP September 1).

The standard of living these days is very reasonable (thousands prepared to risk their lives to come here) even for lower earners, provided money is carefully spent.

Full supermarkets, obesity, luxuries, technology, holidays abroad, etc.

We were lucky to get a day at Bridlington! Unfortunately now a culture of ‘live now pay later,’ or not?

Most government and councils are in debt, without care we could follow Greece. With anti-austerity protesters advocating spending, still more money we do not have.

There are no free dinners, all has to be earned and paid for by someone.

All support should go to those whose work, produce, invest, and generate the country’s income.

Patronising to cyclists

L Vorlicky, Leeds 16

I agree with DS Boyes (YEP August 29), how can Leeds City Council justify the considerable amount of money they are spending on the special cycle lanes now being created all around Leeds?

It seems that since the Tour de Yorkshire they are trying to make a point and it’s patronising to long-time cyclists who often just find the new cycle lanes a nuisance, not to mention the frequest massive traffic jams which seem to occur as a result.

If we are going to go down this route, perhaps we should also have separate lanes for mobility vehicles, for skateboarders, for pram and pushchair users, for children’s scooters etc.

Then nobody would be able to get anywhere!

Killingbeck Cemetery.
By Paul Goodyear.

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