Letters, Thursday, January 8, 2015

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Honesty is needed to save the NHS

EVERY day our National Health Service hits the headlines with a crisis highlighted in one trust or another and claims that the NHS is cash-strapped.

 Political parties offer various solutions but instead let’s listen to the views of patients, the people who are employed by the NHS along with those who are not.

 Like any organisation, the NHS is going through a rough time,but with honesty and openness, it will survive, if a little changed.

 We need to know where the money is coming from and where it is going. Categories should include workforce, drugs, appliances as well as utilities so that we can see what money is coming in and what is going out.

 What proportion of the budget is spent on doctors, nurses, dentists and dental nurses, opticians, agency staff, consultants as well as caterers, cleaners and admininstration staff? Salaries should be displayed so that we can see how many people are paid more than £100,000, £50,000, £25,000 and those paid less.

 The same applies to other areas where money is spent.

 We know ‘our’ National Health Service is sick but we deserve to know what the powers that be are prepared to do to make it well.

 Money alone is not the answer. The solution also lies in consulting those who use the service and work in the service.

Bill Craggs,

Cockfield

You should be ashamed of this

AS new figures are published proving beyond doubt that the NHS isn’t just creaking but approaching total meltdown, we have the smug looking Jeremy Hunt, Secretary for Health, appearing in as many interviews as possible to assure the electorate that there isn’t any crisis and everthing’s fine.

 It isn’t lack of funding, Government cutbacks, too few doctors and nurses or incompetence that’s creating the crisis, it is, in fact, mainly due to the number of ‘inconsiderate’ people choosing to survive life- threatening illnesses and the growing number of people who have ‘the cheek’ to live longer.

 This I’m afraid is the face of Tory politicians today – arrogant, uncaring and, frankly, in a state of total denial regarding the state of their failure in running the country.

 Shame on all of them.

M Mcardle

Thanks for caring

ON Saturday, December 6, I was making my way up to the Grindon Walk-In Centre with my daughter and son, who was really poorly, but, unfortunately, I began to feel unwell on the bus.

 But the wonderful people on the bus came to may aid.

 I would like to thank the bus driver (No 16, 8.30, to Grindon), who stopped the bus so a Dave Turner could get me a bottle of water from a shop. Mr Turner also stayed with me until I reached the hospital and waited until my father arrived. I would also like to thank the dear lady who gave me something to eat on the bus.

 Thank you all for your help, support and kindness – you were true angels.

Colleen Curran,

Southwick