YEP Letters: June 8

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Grateful for surgery opening at weekends Denise Marsden, by email

I don’t know if the seven-day pledge for GP’s is sustainable, but I must say that personally I was thankful the pilot scheme is in place at my surgery.

Shortly before the Bank Holiday weekend I finally had had enough of the pain in my upper arm which was now beginning to limit my movements, and tried to make an appointment with my doctor.

Unfortunately there were no bookable appointments with any of the doctors, and I assumed that the surgery would be closed until the following Tuesday, and I would have to grin and bear it, telling myself I should have done something about it before.

But by the Saturday the pain had begun to be unbearable, and now I’m beginning to panic, seriously considering going to an A&E department, until I remembered that some time ago I’d had a text to explain about the new surgery hours over a weekend.

But when I rang the surgery, a recording explained that I should now ring either 999 (for an emergency) or 111 (which I believe is the new number for the NHS help line).

I believe that weekend appointments must be those already booked beforehand.

However, when I rang 111 the very kind lady who answered, took my details, assuring me that I wasn’t being a nuisance, and gave me the number of a nearby surgery which was taking up the slack.

Later that morning I saw a very helpful doctor there, who explained that it was tendonitis. Painful and takes some time to mend, but not life-threatening.

I was very grateful to both professionals for their help, and reassurance.

Pain can be frightening, especially when you don’t know the cause, and but for the above arrangement I would have taken up space in the Emergency Department, which might rightfully belong to someone in more dire need than me.

Perhaps the powers-that-be have finally realised that health problems, whether big or small, don’t always strike during surgery hours.

Try living on a state pension

CW Allman, Farsley

In reply to Mr Ingle’s letter, every time he writes a letter he is getting at the pensioners, although he is one – and by the sound of it the richer ones. He is very lucky.

He will have had a good private pension or have been born into money or else he would not be praising Maggie Thatcher and Cameron.

He wants to try and live on the state pension like the majority of pensioners. And Maggie Thatcher ruined the engineering and textiles and mining and this chap Cameron has got in again to finish off what she started. Starting 
with the NHS, Army, police etc and the elderly so that will be right up your street, Mr Ingle. I do not know what yor neighbours think of you but I know what I think of you is unprintable.

Many thanks for your assistance

Peter Fryer, Bridlington

I AM writing to say thank you to all the many people of Leeds who helped me after my accident on Friday, May 29 at around 2pm.

I was walking back from the Royal Armouries along the canal bank when I fell on the steps around Brewery Wharf.

While waiting for the ambulance so many people stopped to help and waited for a long time with me until the ambulance arrived.

Two men stopped and made an ice pack to compress the head and hand wound. A first aider from the local Sainsburys came and dressed my hand wound. An off-duty nurse stopped to help. Two people with umbrellas stopped to shield me from the rain. Another lady stopped and bought me a treacle tart from a nearby cafe. A big thank you to the wonderful people of Leeds.

Also thank you to the ambulance crew and staff at LGI who treated me. The head wound needed five stitches.

Questionable logic on vote

Dave MacFadyen, Cross Gates

I WAS surprised to see a letter in YEP June 6, objecting to 
the official voting statistics from last month’s General Election.

Henry Brogan promised to correct both my arithmetic and logic. No thank you, Mr Brogan. His letter was utter gobbledygook from start to finish.

Hypothetically, if his figures were correct, it would mean that only 24.4 per cent 
of those who were eligible to vote cast their vote for the Tories.

He attempts to include left leaning voters, including far right voters to bolster his figures to arrive at an imaginary 50-plus per cent voting for a Tory government.

All voters who voted for candidates other than Tory did so because they did not want a Tory MP, far less a Tory government. He refuses to understand that many people cannot cast a vote because there are no candidates standing with a manifesto they want.

To suggest that they should vote for someone they don’t want so that they might be included in Mr Brogan’s “arithmetic” is proposterous.

He excludes the LidDem vote. Why?

It may be worth pointing 
out to Mr Brogan that the General Election is rather 
more than a game of tiddlywinks.

Yes, I and 75 per cent (approximately) of the electorate are sore losers.

We can do well without your typical Tory logic and arithmetic, Mr Brogan.

We prefer reality.

Careful what you put in bins

A HAGUE, Harehills

REGARDING the letter about the jobsworth sifting through his rubbish bin.

It’s strange – in my street some people put their waste bricks and metal in after having their houses modified – and get away with it.

What I detest is planks of wood with long nails sticking out with toddlers playing nearby.

Some people won’t use their bin and just dump it on the street.

Shocked by Fifa corrupt claims

T Maunder, Kirkstall

I’m deeply shocked. In all the years I’ve had a passing interest in football it just never occurred to me that there might be corruption within Fifa. I think I need to go and have a lie down.