YEP Letters: October 28

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Doctors feel devalued and demoralised

L Bird, Wetherby

Regarding the proposed changes to junior doctors’ contracts. These doctors are already poorly paid for the hours they work and their level of responsibility.

Treating evenings/nights and weekends as normal working hours on basic pay is grossly unfair and would be unacceptable in any other profession.

For Jeremy Hunt to advertise the new contract as a means of enabling seven days a week care is very misleading - seven day 24 hour care already exists! GPs provide an ‘out of hours’ provision; A&E departments and hospital wards are staffed by doctors 24 hours a day.

The new contract could increase working hours to a level where they become dangerous. As a patient it worries me that should I require hospital care, the doctor caring for me may have been working a punishing 12+hr shift and his/her judgement may be impaired.

Rather than targeting and vilifying front line medical staff for failings in the NHS perhaps the government should direct their attention towards the managers who protect their six figure salaries by cutting staff numbers and closing wards to save money.

It is shameful that the actions of this government are making our doctors feel devalued and demoralised. Having been trained to such a high level we should be doing everything possible to retain their expertise in this country. Sadly I fear the present controversy will encourage other countries to lure our doctors overseas where they are offered more attractive contracts and given the respect they deserve.

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Clocks debate gone on too long

G Harrison, by email

With reference to the article in the YEP October 26, ‘Clocks not changing could save kids’ lives,’ this debate about putting the clocks back has been going on for far too long.

I agree that leaving the clocks on BST would reduce accidents in the afternoon, but it would probably increase in the morning because obviously it would be darker when children go to school.

A lot of schools finish between 2.30-3.15pm when it is still light even with the clocks going back. More needs to be done to educate them in how to cross a road safely, because a lot haven’t got a clue. Wearing hi-vis garments would be highly beneficial. There needs to be police around, because in Keighley where I live a lot of motorists drive dangerously. I regularly witness this and usually see at least one driver on their phone when I walk to work. There are many vehicles parked on the pavement and I have on a few occasions had vehicles mount the kerb in front of me to park, while I’m walking. With reference to the story ‘Animals warn of Yorkshire’s country road hazards’ (YEP October 26), before starting to paint hazard warning signs on animals (what a hideuos idea and an eyesore in the countryside), how about changing many of these country lane speed limits from the national speed limit to a much more safer speed limit?

There are so many of these roads where one can legally drive at 50mph. A prime example is near where I live at the top of Hainworth Lane in Keighley where it shows national speed limit sign,then several metres on is a blind hill and a junction, unbelievable! One of many.

Enjoy the lighter mornings

Ann Castle, Thorner

I suspect that many of the people who are against the clocks going back at this time of year forget that by darkness falling an hour earlier in the evening, we get an extra hour of daylight in the morning.

I well remember the experiment in the late 1960s when we remained on British Summer Time for three years. I’d leave home at 8.30am in the dark and return home at 5pm, again in the dark. The only time I saw the outside of my house in daylight was at the weekend. Let’s stick to putting the clocks back in the autumn and enjoy the lighter mornings.

Trolleybus: decisions take time

Gary Scholes, Leeds 6

Unfortunately for him, Christopher Todd (YEP October 20) proves the point made by the head of NGT beautifully when Mr Todd criticises his phrase: “External stakeholders who don’t have enough information about the project are not able to make informed choices about whether they support the project or not”.

Mr Todd goes on to claim that the trolleybuses will cause damage to trees and conservation areas, when he should know perfectly well that, overwhelmingly, the trees would be removed in order to make way for new lanes, bypasses and park and rides sites. Such things have nothing to do with the overhead wires of the trolleybus and would be required no matter what kind of vehicles were to be used.

You do not need to remove trees for trolleybus wires to function - as any visit to San Francisco, Lyon or any of the other hundreds of trolleybus-running cities would reveal. All you have to do is trim the foliage up or back sufficiently - something which has to take place anyway wherever there is a carriageway. Mr Todd should also know that the decision relating to the findings of a public inquiry always takes a long time. However, if he thinks that this one is taking longer than normal, then perhaps he should ask Greg Mulholland and other anti-NGT campaigners whether their successful lobbying to replace the Minister responsible might have something to do with that. Lord Ahmad, who is now in charge, will presumably have to go over all the evidence again. Amazing. Anti-NGT campaigners take action which causes the inquiry to be delayed, then they complain about the length of time it takes.

Amazed at effrontery

Ivan Kovacks, by email

I’ve just read the letter from Michael Mooney (YEP October 24) about his parking fine in Morrisons at Yeadon.

I was amazed at his effrontery and arrogance. He clearly states that he had spent some time shopping at other shops in the area even though he was doing some shop at Morrisons. While he understands the fines were intended to prevent all day parkers they are also intended to prevent people parking at Morrisons and then going to other shops. I’ve seen people park at supermarkets spend a few minutes using a cash point or buying a paper then blocking parking space by spending a couple of hours walking off site to do other shopping.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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