Letters, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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FOR five years the Tory-led Coalition Government has spoon fed its rich donors while denying food on the table for many ordinary families.

FOR five years the Tory-led Coalition Government has spoon fed its rich donors while denying food on the table for many ordinary families.

 An onslaught of destructive policies aimed at public services is causing civilisation as we know it to disappear down the plug hole.

 The NHS has been wounded badly by the man who swore to save it – David Cameron – and it never got a mention in the budget.

 Experts in the Kings Fund think tank say change in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, meant there would be a stronger emphasis on the importance of competition and the free market. However, “these changes coincided with a growing population and a dramatic slowdown in Government funding. It seems likely the changes contributed to the widespread of financial distress and failure to hit the targets for patients care.”

 The Kings Fund said there was no evidence of mass privatisation.

 It probably changed its mind later, after the Health Minister signed away the largest privatisation deal in history.

 Eleven private firms share £780million contracts.

 These firms have been hired to clear a backlog created by deliberate Tory cuts.

 The warning is very clear. If the Tories gain power, we can say bye bye to our health service.

W Quinn

Need to build a fairer society

LIFE is more like a nightmare for the vast majority of people in the world today.

 I have been accused of arguing “to be one better than anyone else through contradiction” – I do not see this.

 If it had been said, that I was trying to get a message across by “showing the contradictions inherent in the present system”, that I could most assuredly agree with. For the contradictions are legion.

 Moreover, it is claimed that the present way society is organised is “civilised” and “humane”.

 A society that has twobillion-plus going to bed hungry every night cannot make the claims of being civilised nor humane.

 A society that has hundreds of millions with no access to clean water or sanitation cannot make the claims of being civilised nor humane.

 A society that allows tens of thousands of children under five years to die every day of starvation or directly attributable disease cannot make the claims of being civilised nor humane.

 A society that can allow less than 100 people to own more accumulated wealth than the poorest 3.5billion cannot be seen as sane, rational, nor indeed civilised nor humane.

 These obscene figures and others, are why myself and The Socialist Party are so vehement in our opposition to the present way society is organised (capitalism) and why we are just as vehement in pressing the case for a different way of organising society.

 One based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means for producing and distributing what we, as human beings need to live. Where the earth and everything in and on it will belong to all people, equally, without distinction of race, sex, age or any other of the false divisions that capitalism throws up, to cloud the real issues.

 Where the watchword “from each according to ability, to each, according to need” will be the overriding principle.

Steve Colborn,

Seaham

Thanks for care

I WENT in hospital on Sunday, February 2. I was told I had cancer.

 I did a lot of boxing in the army but this was the biggest punch I’ve ever taken.

 The following month, March 2, I had surgery and within 10 days I was out on the way to recovery.

 Thanks to doctors, angels of Ward 30C, physios, domestics, tea and dinner ladies at Sunderland Royal Hosptial.

Matthew Hoggin,

Houghton