Readers' letters - Wednesday, November 23

Health service in total crisis

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 4:43 pm
Updated Friday, 25th November 2016, 9:34 am
Money does grow on trees says a correspondent

Yesterday I attended a doctor’s surgery in Chorley. I have hearing loss which is not only affecting my work. I am a teacher and cannot hear anything when there is any noise, so am struggling to hear the children, as well as colleagues. I have to have the television really loud and don’t hear my phone, mobile, or my doorbell.

My ears were looked at and I was told initially it looks like I have earwax in both ears. I tried to make an appointment to have my ears syringed and was told it needs a half an hour appointment and there are none available until mid January.

The receptionist said patient safety is becoming an issue as there is no time to do basic checks on patients and all they are able to do at the moment is check blood pressure.

I also know there are no slots available for six weeks, as I made an appointment for a diabetic review and the first available appointment is December 23.

I was given the number for another surgery to see if there were appointments there but the situation is just as bad.

A three-month wait and over 200 patients on the list.

I asked what could I do?

I was directed to another doctor’s surgery where they will do it, but I have to pay.

I went there and have booked an appointment for December 7, at a cost of £30 for one ear or £50 for two. I also have to get a letter from my surgery saying I need my ears syringing.

Is this another step towards privatisation?

I cannot really go on like this but desperately need to be able to hear.

It is really worrying that there are no places for checks and basic treatments in the treatment rooms and I do not believe it is as a result of the surgeries. I do not know what the answer is but having to pay for a service that I need so I am able to carry out my role is frankly unacceptable.

The NHS is in total crisis and surely can’t go on like this.

Name and address supplied


I always ask to go to Chorley

I read with interest the letter in last week’s paper about hospital appointments (Guardian, November 15).

They automatically make appointments for Preston all the time.

They never try to find out where you live, therefore wasting people’s time travelling plus travelling costs for disabled people.

Yet when I used to shop in Preston, catching the bus, when it got to Chorley Hospital on the way home, I was the only person left on it. They got off in droves there.

I always ask now if can go to Chorley because I use a stick.

Usually they do it without question. I think if everyone did it, it would change things.

That’s probably why they got to keep their A&E because they ensured Preston was always busy.

Name and address supplied


NHS is about lives not money

It is difficult to believe that any other responsible body would be attempting to look for dramatic cost-savings in a situation where they were over-spending already, were failing to hit their performance targets and their future demand is predicted to grow.

Isn’t it about time that we remembered that the NHS is about saving lives not money?

Our political masters just seem to be viewing the big budgets of health and education as attractive targets for savings rather than the fundamental services we all rely on.

Alan F, Leyland


Arts industry provides hope

The cultural industries of the UK are the envy of the world. Statistics show they managed to continue growing throughout the recent 2008 recession and are now growing three times faster than the rest of the economy.

They account for 1.9 million jobs and contributes £84bn to our economy.

Unlikely promotional subjects such as Shakespeare, Harry Potter and James Bond are providing magnets for UK tourism.

International video gaming and music industries – we are the world’s second largest exporter of music – and the British film and TV makers’ products are all providing worldwide winners, grossing millions. Surely this is all good news for our economy.

This should encourage these other British industries, who we hear are actively considering leaving the UK because of the uncertainty caused by the US Election result, together with Brexit vote delays, which the Government is now unable to process quickly enough.

Our industrial history of the UK being ahead of the curve when it comes to industry innovation and competition should encourage these firms to also consider the costs involved in having to move back here when these short-term uncertainties has been overcome.

Also the unknowns generated by the forthcoming 2017 European elections in Italy, France and Germany may also produce outcomes which may render both our triggering of Article 50 to leave the EU and the trouble-making ‘Remoaners’ in our Parliament irrelevant.

E J Tilley, Chorley


Share your cycling stories

Award-winning documentary company Testimony Films is making a new documentary for BBC4, celebrating the history of the Raleigh Bicycle Company and the bicycles that revolutionised cycling in Britain. We are looking for interesting stories throughout the decades from the people who enjoyed Raleigh bicycles.

We would love to hear from the oldest people in Britain who have had or still own a Raleigh bike.

Were you born in the interwar period and can talk about cycling in the 1920s and 1930s? Do you have fond memories of a Raleigh bike?

If cycling has had, or still has, an impact on your life or that of someone you know, we would love to talk to you about your story.

If you would like to share your memories with us, please get in touch with me. Ring 0117 925 8589, email [email protected], or write to 12 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RH.

Emily Sivyer

Assistant Producer


Money can grow on trees

Who said money doesn’t grow on trees?

With the leaf blower machines they have now, if I was young again, I would go to places where old people live and, for £1, I would pick up the leaves. I would also go to the council and offer, for a price, to pick up the leaves on the streets and parks. Then when the trees stopped shedding their leaves and the leaves turn to compost, I would sell it.

Thus getting more money from the trees.

P.s Come and see the mess in Astley Village, there’s loads of money lying around for the taking.

Wishing I was younger, Astley Village