YEP Letters: February 3

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Injured player only needed one ambulance

Keith Barber, Leeds

I WONDER if through your letters pages I might ask Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust a question?

Could they explain why, following an injury to a player in Leeds United’s match against Huddersfield Town last Saturday, they despatched two ambulances and the air ambulance?

I wish the player no disrespect and sincerely hope that he has a quick and complete recovery.

However, the player (as at all professional football clubs) would be attended by fully qualified physios in addition to the resident club doctor.

One ambulance (air or road) would have been sufficient.

When we constantly hear about ambulance shortages and lengthy delays which sometimes prove fatal, I suggest that the ambulance service are doing the general public a disservice by dispatching two ambulances and the air ambulance to serve the needs of one injured player.

It is unnecessary and an over reaction.

Huge cost of old people’s homes

Vernon Wood, Garforth

The recent report on Leeds City Council’s quandary of whether or not to close the three remaining old people’s homes in Leeds reveals some interesting statistics.

From the information disclosed it seems that over the next four years a budget of £12m would be required to maintain the three homes and their 69 residents, supported by a staff of 340.

From such basic facts the following interesting statistics can be extrapolated.

Over the four year period under discussion, the cost of each resident will be £173,913, which works out at £43,478 a year, £3,623 a month or £905.79 per week.

With such costs involved in elderly care home management it is perfectly justifiable that the council should review its responsibilities and consider alternative provision.

Whether the solution is private homes or home care services it is difficult to imagine the weekly cost exceeding the current figure of £129 per resident per day.

The only other option is to review the necessity for 340 staff to administer services to 69 residents.

Does each resident really require the undivided attention of almost five support staff?

Ease the jams with a crane

A Hague, Harehills

After reading of the city coming to a standstill just because of one broken down car (YEP, January 20) I remember seeing many years ago large spaces in the wall of Leeds outer ring road behind the dispensary on North Street, I think, which I thought were to put cars after a breakdown.

I also thought I saw a contraption once on one of these roads, a type of crane lift for removing a breakdown.

If a group of men can’t lift a car then we should have something like this that can.

Personally I will stick to my bike and leave the queues to the motorists.

Try to save all river victims

Edna Levi, Leeds

FOR once I disagree with the views of R Kimble (Your Feedback, January 29) regarding trying to save victims who tragically fall into the river.

They are not always drunk – they may slip, be involved in a skirmish or trip over in the dark.

Whoever, whatever, they are part of someone’s family and every effort should be made to rescue them.

Also, I do not mind if part of my council tax goes towards erecting a fence or low wall at the side of the River Aire if it saves a family from grief and sorrow.

Katie Price is nothing special

Roger Watkinson, Halton

WHY do some of the papers give Katie Price so much publicity?

Can somebody please tell me what she has done with her life?

All you ever do when you open the papers is see her whingeing that the taxpayers don’t pay for this and don’t pay for that.

She never does anything really with her life, but she expects the taxpayers to subsidise her all her life.

Time to stop subsidising her and let her get on with her life.

She is nothing special, she needs to realise this.

Moving aside for 999 vehicles

J Midgley, Leeds

Having been fined £30 in the past for driving in a bus lane, I would like to point out that we do not have a choice when emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines refuse to drive in the bus lane, forcing motorists to move over. Any appeals fall on deaf ears.

Safe to clear away the snow

John Appleyard, Liversedge

In response to Peter Jackson’s letter about the danger of being sued for clearing snow (Your Feedback, January 31), I can assure him that it is safe to clear snow from your own drive, or from the road and put the grit down.

It is one of the myths built up by opponents of health and safety that you cannot clear your own path from snow for fear of being sued.

Incidentally in Germany it is law that you have to clear the snow from outside your own house, otherwise you incur a fine.

Taking care on icy footpaths

Anne Ward, Oakwood

Further to the letter from Peter Jackson, for anyone worried about clearing their path of snow there are a few websites, inc luding the Met Office, which make it clear that so long as we clear the path effectively and put salt down, we are unlikely to be sued or held responsible for any injuries sustained.

It also says that people walking on snow or ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves.

The Met Office website tells us not to believe the myths, so I’m surprised that the responsible people running a medical centre, as mentioned in Mr Jackson’s letter, were not aware of this fact.