YEP Letters: August 28

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Heart centre staff were fabulous

Ellie Sutton and Harry, by email

I would just like to make a statement about my son and his heart operation and stay at The Children’s Heart Centre, Leeds.

On 6th August my 14-year-old son had a heart op/procedure to cure his super ventricle tachycardia that he has suffered with since birth. I have to say I was completely anxious not just about the 3-4 hour op but more so after all the media attention at the Centre with the high death rates etc in children as stated in the press. My reason for contacting you is that I feel so strongly about the way my son was treated during his stay.

I must say that all the staff on Ward 51, Dr Mike Blackburn, the anaesthetist (forgot his name) and his fabulous team treated my son with the most professional care we could possibly wish for, from the moment he went into the ward to being able to walk to surgery to allowing me to be right there next to him until he went to sleep, every step during that time was absolutely brill. Then the care he received after the op on the ward was second to none.

It made me realise just what a fantastic job they do (especially that week when they lost a close colleague in a cycling accident) that they could just carry on regardless doing what they they do best.

I do think that they should allow the press to spend some time on the wards and with surgery etc then maybe people would see all the good they actually do and not just all negativity.

I feel really proud that I can say my son was treated and cured by Mike Blackburn and can now live a normal life and that’s all down to all the staff at LGI children’s hospital & heart centre.Give them some praise for goodness sake! I hope the centre never closes and they continue caring and treating hearts.

Government double speak

Coun Neil Dawson, Labour, Morley South

We now see another example of ‘double speak’ from this government. It is announcing the creation of 40 plus new peers to add to the 783 members of the House of Lords that already exist. Compare this with the commitment from the Tories to reduce the number of our elected representatives by 50 MPs. This means we will have 300 more unelected peers in the House of Lords then elected MPs in the Commons. To add a little further bias most of the new peers will be from the Conservative Party.

The downsizing of the House of Commons will reduce the number of Tory backbenchers and opposition MPs but not the number of MPs in Government posts this will remain the same. The creation of new Tory peers and the reduction of MPs is not about reducing costs but centralising power and reducing the scrutiny and accountability of the government. These changes should be opposed by those who believe too much is power is already concentrated in central government.

Dichotomy of opinion

Vernon Wood, Leeds 25

What an astonishing dichotomy of opinion was expressed in the Evening Post (August 25) concerning the £30 million bike track under construction, linking Crossgates with Bradford.

On the letters page P Spence of Stanningley lambasted the roadworks underway in West Leeds, where it seems every other vehicle is being, and will increasingly be disadvantaged to permit very few cyclists easier access.

The bad news is that this creeping disruption will spread along the 14 miles of this major East-West access route for the next 12 months, after which motor vehicles will play second fiddle to bikers wherever their paths cross.

In contradiction on “My View” page 21, your contributor Jane Lovering gives 100 per cent support to the concept of a network of dedicated biker lanes criss-crossing the city, completely ignoring the impracticality and frightening cost-benefit ratio. (In much the same way, it has to be said, of proponents of the current project.)

I do hope that Ms Lovering had her tongue firmly in her cheek when she suggested that her idea could be made much more attractive and viable if all those nasty hills surrounding Leeds could be bulldozed flat like the Netherlands, where she seems to have some affinity.

It is also to be fervently hoped that Leeds Council’s highway engineers, pro-cycling committees, anti-vehicle pressure groups, carparking brigands and councillors don’t seize on this as a future action plan.

Residents in Leeds’ commanding heights (Morley, Pudsey, Horsforth, Rawdon Cookridge, Adel, Moortown, Shadwell, Scholes, Barwick, Garforth, Whitkirk, Seacroft etc) should nevertheless be pre-warned….you never know who’s listening and where the next daft, hare-brained scheme (like the Trolley-folly?) will originate.

Despair over candidates

Chris Sharp, Leeds 25

After the Five Live fiasco on Tuesday how on earth do Labour expect ever gain power with the woeful leadership candidates on offer? Must be an embarrassment to any serious minded Labour follower.

If they can’t run their own election properly (with electable candidates) how in heaven’s name would they run the country? Good government needs good opposition.

l despair.

Balancing the budget

John Cole, Baildon

The phrase “a responsible fiscal policy” is much used these days. The implied meaning is that any government should seek to at least balance the budget – or even better, budget for a surplus in order to reduce the national debt.

For five years now we have had record low interest rates in the UK. This would have been - and remains – an excellent opportunity for the government to borrow (at virtually zero per cent) in order to invest in a series of infrastructural projects (such as rail electrification, flood defences) that all give a rate of return of over six per cent. Going ahead with such projects would not only give a legacy of better infrastructure for future generations, but create employment, a flow of income and tax receipts. This would have been a far more constructive way to reduce the deficit. From this point of view the government austerity programme has been “fiscally irresponsible” in passing off the chance to borrow cheaply in order to invest wisely. Conclusion: You do not have to be economically illiterate to be a Conservative – but it does help.