Letters - January 10

The Prime Minister David Cameron visited Blackpool Victoria Hospital as part of the government's new nursing initiative.'The Prime Minister chatting to patient Eric Crawston, with hospital volunteer Julie Bird. PIC BY ROB LOCK'06-01-12

The Prime Minister David Cameron visited Blackpool Victoria Hospital as part of the government's new nursing initiative.'The Prime Minister chatting to patient Eric Crawston, with hospital volunteer Julie Bird. PIC BY ROB LOCK'06-01-12

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How typical of our PR man Prime Minister to use his very fleeting visit to the Fylde as a public relations stunt, to make it look as if his Government is going to improve the NHS – when, in fact, his Government’s Health Bill will do the exact opposite.

The PM calls for better nursing care on hospital wards, in a manner that is both insulting and patronising to nurses.

Most of his so called, solutions – modern matrons etc – have already been introduced by the previous government.

How does he expect patient care to improve when his own Government’s policies will, according to nursing unions, see the loss of 48,000 nursing jobs in the NHS.

The British Medical Association claims that £20bn of NHS spending nationally has been cut in real terms, and waiting lists are rising.

Despite The PM’s new-found enthusiasm for decent patient care, he still plans to go ahead with the NHS Bill, which will cost taxpayers £2bn in administrative costs and lead to the privatisation of huge swathes of our NHS.

This is little more than a gimmick to disguise his true intent towards public services and the NHS.

James Sorah

publicity officer, Blackpool Against Cuts

IT was unfortunate that C Taylor made some ill-considered comments relating to Donna’s Dream House (Gazette Letters, January 7).

To make comparisons with other charities was ill-advised and unhelpful, as I am sure the other charities would receive equal local, and even national media coverage, in the event of such damage.

It is also not correct to state that Dream House ‘does very well’ for support, as most of its money is raised in difficult and highly-competitive circumstances, without the grants or other regional options which the charities C Taylor mentioned receive.

Donations given to Donna’s do not cover masses of expensive admin staff, but actually go to helping sick children.

As to insurance, at the very heart of Donna’s is the memory of a lost daughter, and some of those memories are not, as suggested, easily rectified.

I trust C Taylor will think more sensitively next time.

Stephen Brookes

disability and equality consultant

co-ordinator, Disability Hate Crime Network

Valentia Road

Blackpool