YEP letters: August 19

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Please add your support to help patient care

Samantha Moscroft, Leeds

The Off-patent Drugs Bill will be voted on in Parliament on November 6.

I am campaigning in support of this Bill and hope that my local MP joins me and lends their support to this vital piece of legislation which could benefit hundreds of thousands of patients across the UK.

Supported by Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, the Bill is designed to address the problem of making drugs that have fallen out of patent, but have since proved effective for clinical uses outside of their original licence, routinely available on the NHS.

If it successfully enters UK law, it will improve access to low-cost treatments for a range of conditions including breast cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

In order for it to progress a step closer to becoming law, 100 MPs need to turn up and vote in its favour this November.

Neglecting the clinical benefits of off-patent drugs is a huge oversight, especially as these drugs tend to be very low-cost. Given the budgetary constraints on the NHS, surely this is exactly the type of opportunity that decision-makers should be embracing.

I would encourage others to join me and add their support to Breast Cancer Now’s Unlock Drugs campaign by visiting breastcancernow.org/unlockdrugs

Have we been let down again?

D Martin, By email

The present Government assured us that they would implement the £72,000 cap on long-term care.

This has now been delayed until 2020! It appears to be a precursor to scrapping the plan altogether.

It should be noted that this figure was plucked out of the air and only related to medical costs. Costs of living in a care home weren’t included in the cap.

I am sure many people will have heard of this so-called scheme and perhaps think it is now operating. Of course it isn’t.

It appears that this Government has let many of us down yet again...

Progress is not happening

Louis Kasatkin, Wakefield

I am sure that in common with the majority of your readers, I have looked on with bemusement and incredulity at the unfolding saga of the Labour Party leadership election.

With an archaic obscurantism, once reserved for theological disputations of the Middle Ages, the four nominated candidates and their supporters, have set about each other with a particularly religious fervour.

To the disinterested, objective observer, it is clear that monolithic parties, be they Labour or Conservative, have long been moribund and are for the most part political re-enactment societies.

Across the world, new political and social formations are springing up and evolving to organise against global monopoly capitalism and its continuing pursuit of corporate profit at the expense of our planetary existence.

Alas, Britain is now just about the last place where no such positive and progressive development seems to be happening.

It’s not all Greek to me after all

Mrs K Smith, Guiseley

In anticipation of any readers’ letters correcting my recent correspondence (YEP, August 14) referring to the original manufacturer of Skoda cars being of Greek origin, may I say that I did know this was a Czech manufacturer and wrote as such in my letter.

However, this was misread and came out in print as Greek.

I would hate to think that, being a woman, it could be assumed I didn’t know my car manufacturers – be assured, it’s not ‘all Greek’ to me.

May I also add that in a previous letter from me, regarding the TV programme First Light, which depicted the wartime experiences of a fighter pilot who survived the Battle of Britain, the pilot’s name was Geoffrey Wellum, not Welburn as appeared in print.

Remember the facts of slavery

R Kimble, Hawksworth

I find Aled Jones’ letter comparing being in Europe to slavery hugely offensive, especially given our role in true historical slavery.

Most of us are not being held in chains, forced to work at gunpoint, tortured and beaten daily as a matter of course or deliberately starved.

To use it a form of comparison when there are true slaves in this country in 2015 is also offensive.

Noisy parties getting worse

Robert Holman, Headingley

Once again Headingley is in the headlines for its late night parties.

After over 10 years of meeting after meeting, it’s worse than ever now.

The simple solution would be to make the zero-rated ‘owners’ responsible for the noise and their free rubbish collection services.

They have no idea how many ‘extras’ are in their properties, nor do the agents.

Well done to staff at LGI

Derek Sugden, Baildon

I feel I must write to compliment the staff at the Leeds General Infirmary, for the treatment I received before, during, and after my recent cardiac bypass operation.

The professionalism and attitude of all concerned was exemplary, plus everybody that I met there really seemed to care. Suffice to say, I am much improved, getting stronger every day, and am looking forward to the future with much more optimism.

Our much maligned NHS deserves more praise and less criticism. Well done to all.

Why the sudden colour change?

Barbara Blakeney, Meanwood

I have always known that the Leeds colours are blue and (old) gold, as depicted on the coat of arms. Both Leeds United and Leeds rugby have used blue and gold many times, so why are Leeds Rhinos now ‘being urged to paint the town blue and amber’? How has this colour change come about?

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