YEP Letters: February 27

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NHS care of the highest standard for cancer girl

Glan and Angela Driver, Haxby

AT A time when most people complain about the National Health Service, I am going against the grain to say that the experience that we have had with the National Health Service has been of the highest standard.

Our granddaughter Jenny Pickering was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer, stage 3, when she was three-and-a-half.

She was admitted to the children’s cancer ward at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, which has since moved to Leeds General Infirmary.

The tumour had grown round her organs and had entered the spine. After numerous tests she underwent several courses of chemotherapy, each followed by serious infections, and a few days after her fourth birthday she had an operation to remove the tumour.

Jenny, throughout her treatment, was handled with affection and respect – having everything discussed with her, and asking her permission to carry out the treatment she needed. We cannot speak too highly of the doctors and nurses who looked after her, led by Dr Adam Glaser, and also Dr Heather Cooper-Waite, who saw her in the follow-up consultations.

She still visits the hospital once a year, and everyone is interested in her progress and likes to hear what she is doing.

She is a beautiful, clever girl, who is also a brilliant dancer, and we cannot thank Dr Glaser enough for all the care and consideration he has give Jenny and her family over the years.

Where else in the world could we have received such wonderful service, completely free of charge.

Our nurses deserve better

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

HAVING HAD a blood test taken recently on the Chancellor Wing clinic, I have nothing but praise for the staff, but would describe the working conditions as being like going into a box room which is small and totally enclosed.

Little wonder that morale in the NHS is low, but the staff plough on regardless.

They deserve better, but don’t hold your breath.

Paving slabs theft risk

J Aveyard, Leeds

FURTHER TO your published article concerning the theft of paving flags, many adjectives sprang to mind to describe these pavement pirates, each accurate but unprintable. I feel your readers would comprehend and interpret these descriptions.

The main point of writing is to alert householders to the fact that their paving flags are at risk of disappearing, like ours were, a short while ago.

The police answered our phone call but alas the thieves had sped away.

These people steal to boost their income, leaving behind chaos and emotional problems, not to be admired or respected for their actions.

The policemen, who came to the assistance of myself and neighbour, were extremely helpful for which I would like to express our grateful thanks.

Replacing these slabs is costly, plus spiralling insurance premiums deter one from claiming, leaving additional costs for the victims which is not satisfactory.

We need action for pedestrians

Richard Baxter,Leeds

I’m sure other readers will share my frustration at the issues which blight the quality of life for pedestrians in our town.

Vehicles parked on pavements, speeding traffic and crossings which don’t allow sufficient time for people to cross the road, can make our area hostile and an unpleasant place to walk.

For older people or those with mobility problems, it can be down right dangerous.

Piecemeal and conflicting rules abound on these matters making it confusing for police, enforcement agencies, councils and all road users alike.

As the general election draws nearer, I would encourage readers to urge their local parliamentary candidates to support the charity Living Streets’ campaign for the introduction of an Active Travel Bill.

Such a piece of legislation could regularise rules on pavement parking, reduce speed limits on the streets where we live, work and go to school.

It would make walking safer and easier which would benefit all of us.

An Active Travel Bill could not only reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads, but create a healthier environment where walking to school, to work or to the shops is a pleasure and not a hazard. To take action visit http://www.livingstreets.co.uk/take- action.

Cash should be spent on potholes

Gary Marlow, Whinmoor

With regard to the YEP article from February 26 – ‘No U-turns as budget is stamped’, we learn that council tax is going to increase by 1.99 per cent and council rents are to rise by 2.88 per cent, all in the face of a reduction in government funding for local councils.

It would appear however that there is no lack of funding for road junction reconfiguration projects in Leeds.

I have recently noticed a number projects in North East Leeds where junctions are being altered for what appears to be little or no improvement.

If it is a case of surplus money to spend in the budget for road repairs / improvements before the end of the financial year, then surely it could be spent on repairing the many pot holes? Better still if there is a surplus money in one budget then can’t it be moved to a budget where it can be used to better effect?

If the answer is that once money is allocated it cannot be moved to other budgets its high time the many councillors we have change the rules to allow this to happen.

In these times of financial cut backs wasting money on unnecessary road works is totally unacceptable.

Law on drinking age ridiculous

J Shedlow, Moortown

THE LAWS in this country need some serious overhauling.

The age of consent for marriage is 16 years and a driving licence can be obtained at the age of 17.

You can join the Armed Forces at the age of 16. However, no youngsters are allowed to drink alcohol until they are 18.

How ridiculous.