Letters - January 17, 2015

Central complaint: Ron Strangwick has written to The Gazette saying money being spent on extending the tram system and building a hotel would be better spent cleaning up Central Drive, above
Central complaint: Ron Strangwick has written to The Gazette saying money being spent on extending the tram system and building a hotel would be better spent cleaning up Central Drive, above
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Use cash for clean up not big schemes

Council spending

No sense

Well said Pat Francioni (Politically Correct January 14), at last someone with a bit of common sense.

It’s not the jobs at the frontline that need reducing, but the overpaid bureaucrats who allegedly run this town for the good of all.

We read on an almost daily basis of swingeing cuts from Government, yet still our ‘educated’ but hubristic leaders are unable to decide what’s the best way forward.

They always take the easy option and reduce the manpower available, thereby beating their own chests and declaring how much they have saved us all.

Totally neglecting the disastrous decisions made in the past, costing us, the ratepayers, millions on wasted projects.

Now, of course, we can look forward to a few more million being spent on a ridiculous extension to the tramway system, along Talbot Road, thereby removing even further footfall from the already beleaguered Talbot Gateway area, not forgetting the wonderful hotel that the council is going to build in the same area, costing us the ratepayers another few million.

Why does this town need another hotel? Why should we pay for it? Why do we need an extension to the tramway system?

Instead of such nonsense, it would be better to sort out a proper conference centre and clean up the disgusting area around Central Drive

Open your ears councillors, and listen to real business people like Pat Francioni.

Ron Strangwick

Rough Hey Lane

Blackpool

Help replace woodburner

Cat charity

We struggle every day of the week to feed our cats and kittens that no one wants, left abandoned in flats, in another case given away at the door while the driver still had the engine running.

If they could talk, each animal – or ‘guest’, as we call them – that arrives at our Rainbow Bridge Sanctuary would tell you a sad tale of their lives up to now.

What we try and do at the sanctuary is give food and shelter and lots of TLC.

People are kind to us with blankets and wet and dry food. It is also used in our wider street cat feeding programme and given to other cat charities.

We were very shocked this week to be told our wood burner, when we most need it, will have to be replaced with new chimney lining and safety plate.

Our cats love what we call the ‘fire room’, with all the different heights there are, free blankets and the free firewood people have donated to us over the 10 years of the sanctuary.

Our sanctuary is, for now, non-operational on that front. If you could find it in your hearts to send us a donation this winter time, we, the cats and the kittens would be grateful.

Go on, make our day! God Bless.

Father Anthony

Rainbow Bridge Sanctuary

Grosvenor Street

Blackpool

(01253 622042)

Hospital privatisation

Failed

So we have the first inclination of what privatisation means to the NHS.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital which was handed over by the coalition government to the private company Circle in 2012, which has reneged on its 10-year contract. By declaring it can’t make profit in the current crisis, it has simply resigned from its commitment to serve the patients in its care.

The pace of change is accelerating: only this week the BBC reported that, of 3,494 contracts let between April 2013 and August 2014, 1,149 contracts (33 per cent) have gone to the private sector.

The regulator and Care Quality Commission has, however, noted poor care at Hinchingbrooke which failed on many standards. The running of the hospital is at risk, and will be in crisis until new management is found.

It was, of course, affected by a serious overload of patients to its A&E department.

The difference is the NHS is not involved in the profit motive and simply carries on struggling to care for patients.

The NHS is changing and the country needs to decide whether it supports these changes. There is a danger privatisation will be irreversible. Circle’s decision to withdraw is not surprising, as the profit motive is paramount to any private company.

Maybe new models of care need to considered, in tackling the national crisis within the NHS, but I am not neutral on who provides NHS services.

I believe, with many others, in a public NHS – a service based on people, not profit.

In the meantime, the Government needs to act by reviewing the contract with Circle for breach of contract.

Marjorie Nye

38degrees Blackpool Fylde and Wyre

Lifeboat fund-raising

Thanks

On behalf of everyone at Blackpool Lifeboat station, we would like to say a very big thank-you to management, staff and customers of Sainsbury’s, Red Bank Road, for helping raise £171 at a recent bag pack in the store.

Christine Parry

Secretary