Letters - November 25, 2014

Health debate One reader is angry with Labour over political meddling in the National Health Service
Health debate One reader is angry with Labour over political meddling in the National Health Service
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National health service

Private can be good

Marjorie Nye provides yet more Labour scaremongering about the NHS (letters). As someone who actually works for the NHS I am sick of left-wingers using the NHS as a political football.

The Conservatives are not privatising the NHS, this is a malicious unfounded lie and needs to be dispelled.

It was Labour who first 
allowed private providers to run NHS services such as Hitchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

Hitchingbrooke has been a success. I have no objection to private sector involvement which works.

Political meddling should be kept to a minimum in the NHS and patient care should come before targets and statistics.

I can safely say the NHS is much safer now than it ever was under Labour. I remember the Mid Staffs scandal and the farcical GP contracts all thanks to Labour.

If the left truly cared about our NHS they would stop peddling such lies. The NHS doesn’t belong to Labour; it is for everyone.

Christian Cox

(name and adress supplied)

Police praised

Difficult choices

I was pleased to read that a Blackpool Police officer received an award for bravery a few weeks ago.

PC Kristien Beasley’s successful handling of a suicidal man covered in petrol waving a lit cigarette was clearly done in a cool, calm and collected manner.

This officer risked his own life to save a man who was having a moment of madness.

On a daily basis police officers and the emergency services are faced with situations with split second life-changing decisions.

They are also often placed in the unenviable position of being ‘damned if they do and damned if they don’t’.

While modern policing has changed a great deal since the portrayal of ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ and ‘Z cars’ in the 1970s, a lot of the general public still recognise the importance of the ‘Bobby on the Beat’ .

With police forces facing unprecedented government budget cuts, this in real terms will inevitably affect front line resources.

Towns like Blackpool unfortunately have a higher than average number of problematic families who have moved to the resort to simply claim benefits.

The sheer case load that Blackpool Police have to deal with on a weekly basis is unpredictable and increases during the summer season.

Their responsibilities have widened over the years and at times they’ve inherited the job of a social worker and mental health nurse in just one shift.

Whether you love or loathe the police it is my view that they deserve respect and recognition for their duties in the same way people wholly admire the personnel of the British Armed Forces.

Stephen Pierre

Abingdon Street

Blackpool

Migrant workers

End this rise of evil

Oh for goodness sake! What has happened to this country and its proud history of tolerance and welcome? The slightest bit of economic difficulty and the population falls into the trap that Germany fell into in the 30s and that Russia is doing right now – demonise the foreigner.

Those policyless little Engladers of the UKIP party seem to have hijacked the news.

I have no problem with people coming to this country to escape death or extreme poverty or even to work here for a while doing the jobs that many of our own won’t do.

Even now, we are a rich 
nation and can surely afford a bit of charity.

All those tempted to follow the primrose path to further xenophobia should consider the wise words from the New Testament from Matthew: “I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me.”

The alternative can only lead to strife, war and the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

J Morgan

Marton

Young talent

Brilliant Phantom

What a magnificent show Phantom of the Opera presented by Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts at Lowther Pavilion this week proved to be.

We were treated to an abundance of burgeoning young talent in this excellent production.

Congratulations go to the Academy and to every single member of the cast, musicians, production and support teams for this outstanding presentation of a most demanding showpiece.

It was also very pleasing to see every seat in the theatre occupied, and the rapturous applause throughout the performance and standing ovation at the end confirmed the real enjoyment felt by the entire audience. Well done to everyone concerned.

Keith Sansom

Haymarket

St Annes