YEP letters, September 21, 2016

Praise for nursing staff
Praise for nursing staff
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Libraries, the NHS, and day centre closures were among the topics for readers’ views today.

NHS Marie Nelson, Leeds

I JUST want to say a massive ‘Thankyou’ to each and every member of staff at this marvellous hospital.

There are too many to mention individually. I have been a patient at this hospital for over three years now since been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. I have been admitted to hospital many times and attended lots of outpatient appointments.

The care I have received has been outstanding in helping me get better.

I recently had to be admitted a few weeks ago and the nursing care I received from all the nursing staff at the Bexley Wing was outstanding. My every need was met and nothing was too much trouble for the nurses that looked after me.

‘Thankyou’ again so much to all the amazing staff in helping with my recovery.

Put money into front line not NHS fat cats

Jeremy Hunt has a mammoth job on his hands if he wants to save our endangered NHS.

He should start by controlling the spending of the fat cat managers who are bleeding the service dry.

Private agencies are making billions off the taxpayer’s back while the Health Service staggers from crisis to crisis. Profits of the country’s top ten medical agencies have soared by over 40 per cent over three years and bosses drive around in flash cars and all live in opulent London or home counties addresses.

The recruitment companies which hire out medics to struggling NHS trusts for up to £3,200 a shift, have raked in £8bn since 2009.

We have 600 NHS managers being paid more than the Prime Minister!

The latest scandal was Southern Health boss Katrina Percy who was forced to resign over her failure to investigate the suspicious deaths of hundreds of patients in her care.

It was then reported she was offered another job on the same salary (£240,000pa) – a job that appears to have been specially created for her. The job entailed giving advice to GPs and described her as uniquely qualified.

The job did not exist before and she was reportedly the only candidate. If she was so uniquely qualified, why did she fail so miserably in her last job?

This not the first time a manager has been made redundant and received a massive pay out, only to walk straight into another job in the NHS on the same pay.

The Government should not increase spending on the NHS every year,they could save billions if they cut down on top management and spent more on front line services.

Nothing to get excited about

Derek Cartwright, Batley

I love the way those on the left get excited and distort things.

The latest is grammar schools – in January 2012, there were 8.2 million pupils attending 24,372 schools in England (including nursery schools, state-funded primary schools, state-funded secondary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and independent schools. Let’s look a little further as there are only about 163 grammar schools in England, out of some 3,000 state secondary schools. Thus, the left want to argue about the tail wagging the dog!

Let’s look at the really old grammar schools as there were some 83 old of these and we had about 12 in Yorkshire with Beverley’s going back to about 700; Batley’s 1612 (That’s not one now!); Bingley’s 1529; Bradford’s, 1548; Ilkley, 1607; Leeds’ 1552; Penistone’s 1392; Prince Henry’s Otley, 1607; Ripon, refunded 1555, perhaps older than Bingley; Queen Elizabeth’s, Wakefield, 1591 and then in the area I have included St Peter’s School, York, founded in 627 with a Royal charter in the 1550s, oh and Doncaster Hall Cross School (first record of existence 1350).

Bradford’s at one time only had 43 pupils, but look where they were – Ilkley, Otley, Penistone – yes real centres of density populated areas – not.

This identifies one problem with grammar schools they were not built to meet need, they were built by individuals for people in their areas .

In the late Victorian era grammar schools were reorganised to provide secondary education throughout England and Wales – Scotland had developed a different system, but still the spread was not uniform, so did not meet need. One answer for the 1950s and 1960s would have been to build more, but they didn’t want to give us that! The ‘they’ were politicians of all parties.

There were also problems with the examination itself, as it was argued to favour more middle class children.

More recently a grammar school was regarded as a more academically-oriented secondary school, differentiated then from the less academic secondary modern schools. In today’s wide spectrum of available schools what is to get excited about?

No tragedy if library closes

Nick Keer, Cottingley

Why is it such a tragedy when libraries close? The internet has and continues to take over.

I haven’t been in a library myself for well over 20 years to my certain knowledge. Any information you might need to know is now freely available on-line.

When it comes to books it’s far easier to just buy what you want online at Amazon or eBay or other retail websites as appropriate and have it delivered straight to your home address.

If you prefer you can always simply purchase and download the Kindle version of your chosen book as a great many books are now available in this format.

Technology is constantly moving forward and improving as is the ease of accessing it and we need to keep up with it.

Being a technophobe in this modern world will lead to isolation in the years to come.

No test for Parkinson’s

Dave MacFadyen, Leeds

On 13 September we were “treated” to the concluding episode of the BBC series One of Us. It was billed as a “Crime Drama Series.”

It could have been billed, more honestly, as a Science Fiction Series.

Central to the plot was the issue of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), suffered by one of the main characters.

He claimed, at one point, that he kept the diagnosis secret because he didn’t want his family to know that he “was dying”.

This claim will have frightened many genuine sufferers of the disease. PD is not a terminal illness, any more than life itself is a terminal state. People do not die from PD.

They die, as we all will, from some other illness. To claim that it is a terminal illness, without broadcasting a correction, is highly irresponsible to say the least.

The errors about Parkinson’s did not end there. The character who had been given a diagnosis of this unpleasant disease claimed to have had his son and daughter “tested for PD,” without their knowledge.

There is no such test. It is diagnosed by a neurologist, experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, based on the signs and symptoms with which the patient presents.

The neurologist might, if the diagnosis is unclear, have a DaTscan, a specialised form of brain scan, performed on the patient.

This is not a conclusive test for PD as it can produce a normal result without 100 per cent ruling out PD.

I was writing more credible story lines when I was at primary school. My wife and I were left feeling it was four hours of our life wasted that we cannot have back.

Angered by closure plans

Andrew Austin, by email

As the son of a resident at Siegen Manor in Morley I wish to express my anger at the proposal to close the home

I firmly believe that certain things do not belong in the hands of the private sector and the welfare and safety of the old and vulnerable is one of them.

Leeds City Council should do the right thing and keep Siegen Manor open.

Help to reunite LGI nurses

Dawn Eccleston, Preston

Calling all 11/76 student nurses at The General Infirmary at Leeds. We are organising a 40-year reunion of the 11/76 student nurse group

We are meeting on October 22, 2016, at 11am at the Cow and Calf at Ilkley.

Please contact demeccleston@hotmail.co.uk or dhorsley@dxpost.com.=