YEP Letters: March 23

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Brandon House has been failing for 14 years

Mrs Payne, Headingley

WITH REFERENCE to your article about the conditions and failings at the Brandon House care home in Meanwood (YEP, March 13) it is a pity somebody hasn’t done something about it over the last 14 years.

My husband had to spend a week in there in 2001 to give me a week’s break from looking after him at home. I looked after him for four-and-a-half years.

They came and picked him up and after a week I went to pick him up half an hour early so I could pack his things.

All his clothes had name tags sewn in so they didn’t get mixed up with other people’s. On arrival, I was told that his belongings had already been packed.

The place looked as though it needed a good clean and it didn’t smell too good either.

His wheelchair was in a right mess and the cushion was missing. When I asked where it was I was told there wasn’t one which wasn’t the case and it even had his name on.

I then realised that someone else had the cushion and was sitting on it. They reluctantly gave me the cushion back.

On arriving home I didn’t open the case straight away, but when I did it smelled.

His things hadn’t been washed and a lot of things belonged to other people. In addition, some of my husband’s clothes were missing.

I washed everything and took back the items which didn’t belong to us back to the home. I never got any of our things back.

My husband told me that he didn’t like the home much. It seems to me that some places never change.

I’m not getting back on my bike

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

As a cyclist myself, along with others in the late 1930s, I loved riding the stretches between Tadcaster and York, where the planners had already made dual carriageway roads, with cycle tracks both sides, as far as the top of Barton Hill.

Considering that this was 70 years ago, very little in favour of cyclists has been done since; apart from the recent allocation of sections of existing carriageways with painted lines.

While stationed in the army at York in the late 40s, driving near to Rowntree’s factory at start work and finishing times was a revelation.

But never do I remember the hundreds riding bikes being anything other than careful and sensible road users.

In Leeds and elsewhere it isn’t like that today and, after due consideration, what with traffic congestion and fumes, there is no way I would venture out on a bike.

Even when the new cycle track is completed it is difficult to imagine a change for the better, unless motorists and cyclists both become more considerate and attentive to the laws of the road, with safety a priority.

As for road traffic fumes, that’s another problem still to be solved.

The need to be aware of PDAS

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

FURTHER to your item on Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (YEP, March 16), I think society and medical staff need to be careful about categorising behaviour as an illness or disorder.

A Hague recently wrote to you about the obesity “epidemic”. It used to be the mentally ill who were a stigmatised group but that is no longer acceptable so an alternative has to be found – namely, obesity (seen to be a problem in the unemployed lower classes only, of course).

It was not that long ago that women who had children outside of marriage were “certified” and incarcerated in asylums by their relatives.

I actually nursed some in the 1970s who had been in hospital for over 40 years, only by then their diagnosis had changed to schizophrenia, as “moral depravity” was no longer considered an appropriate diagnosis.

In America “shyness” has been labelled a mental defect and over here we have the sudden appearance of “confidence issues”. How long before this is seen as an illness?

Some people are shy. Only in a selfish, dog eat dog, over-materialistic, Thatcherite-influenced society could this be seen as abnormal. Schizophrenia itself has had about six different labels over the history of psychiatry.

There is no concrete proof, said a group of psychiatrists in the 60s, that mental illness exists and psychiatry, they argued, is just another form of social control and surveillance to reinforce ideas of acceptable behaviour.

Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant

Terry Watson, Adel

Philippa Lloyd (Your Feedback, March 6) could not be more mistaken when she states that we can control climate change which is a natural cycle and has always existed.

Carbon dioxide levels vary throughout time and mere humans can make little or no impact on the environment.

Why do politicians have such hatred for carbon dioxide anyway? After all, it’s not even a pollutant.

They are confusing it with carbon monoxide – the pollutant from car exhausts which is already regulated by the Clean Air Act and regulation.

Carbon dioxide is a natural gas which plants and crops need to grow. The “save the planet brigade” are influenced by lying scientists who are government employees and are told what lies to tell to justify the iniquitous green taxes we have to pay.

In 1946 the emissions from factories were the heaviest ever recorded and the world temperature cooled.

In 1990 a volcano in the Philippines erupted violently, causing one of the biggest explosions of the century and putting more CO2 in the air in a matter of hours than all humanity had ever produced. Yet there was still no increase or decrease in the global temperature.

Let the governments explain that!

Deposits needed to deter abusers

A Hague, Harehills

FURTHER to the letter from Denis Angood about changes to our NHS which have cost millions more to run, there is also the problem of people not turning up for appointments.

In my doctors’ surgery 529 people did not turn up for their appointment in February – that’s over 130 people a week that are abusing the system.

There should be a deposit that you lose if you don’t cancel in time.

Nothing is free, and look what it would cost us in the US.