Letters - January 19, 2015

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Who pioneered NHS privatisation?

Labour involvement

They started it Gazette readers have written in pointing out that, although NHS privatisation is associated with the Coalition, private sector involvement in the health service was encouraged under Labour

They started it Gazette readers have written in pointing out that, although NHS privatisation is associated with the Coalition, private sector involvement in the health service was encouraged under Labour


It was interesting to read Jack Croysdill’s comments criticising MP Paul Maynard’s support for NHS privatisation (Your Say, January 12).

What Mr Croysdill fails to mention is the Labour party’s involvement in NHS privatisation.

Was it not the Labour party which promoted PFI contracts in the NHS, contracts which have, to date, left the taxpayer with a bill in the order of £60bn?

Also consider the Circle Contract to run the Hinchingbrooke NHS Hospital in Cambridgeshire, which recently failed.

Although signed off by the coalition, this private sector contract was set in train by Labour and pushed forward by Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary.

Considering further the effects of Labour party policy on the NHS, a major factor in the failure of the Circle contract at Hinchingbrooke was the increasing number of patients arriving at A&E.

This increase has in no small part been affected by the Labour party negotiating GP contracts that significantly reduced out of hours services.

Whilethe perception is that NHS privatisation is associated with the Tories, it was pioneered by Labour.

John Kay

Low Moor Road


There’s nothing like political blinkers is there Mr Croysdill?

I’m no apologist for the Conservatives, I disagree with the vast majority of what they stand for.

But Mr Croysdill’s condemnation of the Tories over the NHS omits to mention a few facts the Labour Party would, I’m sure, like to bury.

Peter Mandelson worked long and hard on setting up PFI contracts throughout the NHS – ie privatisation – during their years in power, leaving us with billions of pounds of debt. Tens of billions.

The contract to privatise Hinchingbrooke Hospital, which has recently failed, was drawn up while Labour was in power.

Mr Croysdill decries a lack of investment. But where will the cash come from?

Gordon Brown, before his wonderful tenure as Prime Minister, was Chancellor, and he sold 400 tons of our gold reserves – the majority of them in fact – for between $256 and $296 an ounce.

It’s now around the $1,615 an ounce mark, and has never been lower than at the time of his sale.

He even announced his intention to sell, forcing already low market prices lower.

So he got far less than $4bn for gold, which would have a value today of more than £20bn, which we could borrow against, should the need arise, to invest into services like the NHS.

So the Conservatives may not be doing a good job. But imagine where we’d be if Labour were still in charge.

Mr Croysdill is singing his party’s song.

But even he can’t believe the words to the tune, surely.

John Brady

Balmoral Road

St Annes

Funding our police

No right

What right has Clive Grunshaw, the Police and Crime Commissioner, to try and delve into my pocket once again for monies for his office and officers?

His department was not formed by this council, so Mr Grunshaw, try trimming your own salary and join the real world as we know it.

Open your eyes and ears and listen to people who are on incomes less than an eigth of yours.

I know lots of people who know lots of people, but not one who took part in the survey you allegedly had 
on your last request for money.

Mr A James

Palatine Road


Helping next generation

Full circle!

In these disturbing times, comes a tale not of woe, but of hope. A little known ‘village’ exists in South Shore that is the catchment area of Roseacre School.

The story begins for the subject of my letter, Clair, as a pupil at Roseacre School, before she proceeded to Highfield for her secondary education.

Upon graduation she became a nursery nurse at Dunes Nursery.

Success at the Dunes encouraged her to continue with training to become a full-time teacher.

A successful career in teaching followed, culminating in the position of assistant deputy head at Roseacre School.

All of her achievements so far prepared her for the role she was to play for the next 10 years, bringing a new generation of children forward to face the world.

Her popularity was very much in evidence at her farewell from Roseacre, the ‘village’ was sad, but full of appreciation for what Clair had done for their children over their formative years at school.

Clair’s days with young children are not over, as she now embarks on a new career at the Dunes Nursery, bringing her vast experience to the next generation of Blackpudlians.

Good luck Clair!

Mr R Greenwood

Harrington Avenue