Letters - December 11, 2015

A union is urging shoppers to keep their cool in the last-minute rush before Christmas
A union is urging shoppers to keep their cool in the last-minute rush before Christmas
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DEVELOPMENT

Let’s grab enterprise zone opportunity

Regarding David Power’s letter (Your Say, December 7) there is no doubt the creation of an enterprise zone at Hill House has the potential to be a terrific boost for Wyre, and we should welcome it with open arms.

The job opportunities it will create for our younger generation, and the injection of cash into the local economy those jobs will bring, are capable of reinvigorating Wyre’s urban core.

As for the A585, one of the reasons it carries such a volume of traffic is that people are commuting to work in other areas. Create well-paid work within Wyre and you will go some way to alleviating the issue. It is a win-win situation.

Doing nothing to encourage the creation of jobs and opportunities, would open Wyre to justified criticism, and I am glad to think that they would never take such a course of action.

Wyre will be happy to grab the enterprise zone with both hands and march forward, in partnership with business, to create a more vibrant and prosperous place to live.

Hon Alderman Gordon McCann

via email

HEALTH

Doctor knows best when it comes to NHS

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments of Dr David Wrigley, who is a dedicated and intelligent doctor who eloquently describes the demise of the NHS in the hands of the Conservatives (Politically Correct, Gazette, December 9).

The government have treated hospital staff, junior doctors and GPs with utter contempt. Surely if government tackled the big companies who hide profits in tax havens, were forced to pay their fair share of taxation, the NHS would benefit from this as a consequence? Also I would add that taxing food companies who increase health risks through their processed foods is something positive.

This extra finance could be used to fund treatment for obesity and other health risks. Instead this government are driven by an ideology that seeks to commercialise the NHS and lease it to private companies. The NHS as we know it is now sinking fast through lack of investment.

Here in Blackpool the hospital trust is massively in debt and social health is at risk. Junior doctors work long hours and commit to five years’ training before they can command worthwhile salaries.

To impose unsustainable workloads upon them in pressurised working conditions is abhorrent. It is understandable that, following training, they look for work abroad.

We must return our NHS to its former glory, when hospitals were staffed adequately and training was ongoing for nurses and funded properly. It is clear staff working in our hospitals now find conditions intolerable, and the government are presiding over a crisis in our country that will deteriorate further.

Who to trust? Doctors, of course!

Marjorie Nye

Blackpool and the Fylde and Wyre 38 degrees

SHOPPING

Keep your cool in the last-minute rush

I would like to wish your readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. For many this is always an exciting time, but in the last few shopping days it can be frantic trying to get everything ready for the big day.

I want to remind readers to remember that shopworkers are people as well. They will be working really hard to make your shopping experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

A recent survey showed that every minute of the working day a shopworker is verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked. Shopworkers report that incidents are more frequent throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

That is why Usdaw, the shopworkers’ union, is running a Respect for Shopworkers campaign, asking customers to ‘Keep your Cool at Christmas’. It’s a simple message, but remembering that shopworkers are working extra hard at this time and treating them with respect will mean that everyone can have a happier Christmas.

John Hannett

General Secretary, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw)

FLOODING

Cash is needed here, and not overseas

Perhaps the government ought to disband the Department for International Development and in its place create a Department for the Regeneration of Flooded and Derelict Areas in the UK, thereby diverting cash away from India’s space programme to where it is most needed.

Peter Hyde

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