Letters, Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Shameful way to score points

IT is always sad, and perhaps a little shameful when people use sick children to score political points.

 We have now seen an unsubstantiated claim that the decision not to give proton beam therapy to Ashya King or any child with brain cancer is all down to the cost (September 3).

 However, the real reason given by qualified doctors was medulloblastoma “was not on the list of conditions which could benefit from the treatment”.

 Furthermore, if the use of proton beam therapy is being denied because of the cost why are two treatment centres costing million being built here?

 We saw in 1992 how using sick children to score political points backfired spectacularly when Labour’s Neil Kinnock tried it over a young girl and an ear operation.

 We also have a ridiculous claim that “the NHS was once the envy of the world, and now this Government is selling it off to their friends for less than half-price”. Half the price of what? Who has put a monitory value on the NHS? Has the writer privileged information on this?

 Interestingly, a privately ran NHS hospital, Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, owned by its doctors and nurses, was named in May as the top hospital in England, based on 12 indicators for ‘outstanding performance in high quality care to patients’.

 BEFORE the usual culprits leap on this as proof of the Government’s intentions, it was Andy Burnham, Labour’s last Health Minister who signed the order for this, once failing, hospital to be handed over to the private sector.

Alan Wright

Great reunion

I ATTENDED our school reunion on Wednesday, September 10, at the Gunners Club in Sunderland. I met many of my friends there, some I had not seen in years.

 I would like to thank Kathleen Butler for organising this event and the lovely buffet.

 I enjoyed the stories that were told and the photographs brought in. They brought back some great memories.

 I sat beside two of my friends most of the night and we shared a few jokes together, their names were James Bulmer and Alex Riley. I was also reunited with two of my pals, Albert Lang and James Breen, who both played alongside me on the school football team.

 My school days were some of the happiest days of my life at Hendon Board School.

 It was a great night.

 I can’t wait until the next reunion comes along next year.

 Good health to all of you in the future.

Joseph D Ashton,


Stupid outburst

TO the gentleman driving a grey/silver estate car down The Avenue, Sunderland, on the afternoon of Friday, September 5.

 I was driving a black car and made a comment towards you which I wish to take back.

 It was a stupid outburst brought on by panic on my part and one for which I would like you to know that I am sincerely sorry.

 I write this in the hope that you are the driver and can find it in your heart to accept my apology.