Letters - January 9, 2015

OPEN ALL HOURS One Gazette correspondent suggests that the current crisis in hospital accident and emergency departments could be used by more GPs opting in to out-of-hours care
OPEN ALL HOURS One Gazette correspondent suggests that the current crisis in hospital accident and emergency departments could be used by more GPs opting in to out-of-hours care
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Pressure on A&E


It is common knowledge that many A&E departments are facing a crisis (Gazette, January 7).

A major cause is that some 30 per cent of those attending have non-urgent ailments. Cases have been cited of people attending A&E with a sore throat, a cut finger or a headache.

Not only is such behaviour thoughtless, it prevents genuinely urgent cases from being seen to with minimum delay.

The elderly, in particular, suffer as a result.

However, there is a remedy that would reduce the growing pressure on emergency departments.

Most GPs have opted out of out-of-hours care.

The result is that hospital emergency departments and the ambulance service now have to deal with all the primary care problems which were previously the responsibility of general practices.

More GPs, therefore, should resume responsibility for community health problems that arise out-of-hours.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close


Battlefield tours

Join us

Each year, the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Battlefield tours organise pilgrimages to the battle areas of the First World War.

The tours are in August and September, covering France and Belgium.

This year, we plan to visit the Somme Battlefields, The Ypres Salient, Arras, Vimy Ridge and Loos Battlefield areas, if requested.

This year, 2015, marks the centenary of the second Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Loos.

The trips specialise in visiting specific cemeteries or memorials on the above mentioned battlefields as and when they are requested, and an experienced battlefield guide will accompany each trip to commentate on the various battles and the many historic events that occurred in the areas we visit.

We can also assist people in the tracing of war graves, from the First World War.

The KOYLI Battlefield pilgrimages was formed as a charitable hobby in 1990 by ex-servicemen who have many years of practical experience in conducting visits to the First World War Battlefield areas of France and Flanders, and we support a variety of ex-service charities and institutions.

These trips are open to anyone who might be interested, and we welcome all enquiries.

We are a not-for-profit organisation.

Anyone who requires further information should write to:-

John Battye

32 Rhodes Street


WF10 5LL

or telephone - 01977 734614 (We ask for a medium sized S.A.E. for all postal replies)

Chance for change

Green vote

Shale gas evangelist Bernard Whittle (Your say, January 5) is wrong to dismiss the Green Party’s electoral chances.

Over the past 12 months, there has been a surge of interest, battling with the Liberal Democrats for fourth place in the Ashcroft polls, and doubling the membership.

United with the Scottish and Welsh Nationalists, we could play a major part in the next Parliament, whilst a similar ‘alliance’ in Greece now looks set to see the Greens part of the next Government there.

Had we triumphed in the 2010 Westminster elections, we would have created over a million new jobs in energy conservation, renewables, low carbon manufacture, public transport, local services, reuse and recycling.

That same year the only shale gas well fracked in the UK was drilled.

The pollution impact from the earth tremors it caused is a subject of scientific debate, so I don’t share Mr Whittle’s optimism over fracking regulations, but it has certainly only generated a handful of long-gone jobs.

We need to invest in the alternatives that will benefit society, the economy, climate and global food security.

The General Electionin May is an opportunity to change UK politics for the better.

Philip Mitchell

Blackpool & Fylde Green Party

Concerns over abuse

Tackling hate

Being Blackpool based, I have been ‘reminded’ by key disabled people of the story regarding the inappropriate language used by Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston in his recent spat with a fan.

While the matter is ‘media enhanced’, nevertheless any ‘language’ (particularly in a media based environment) regarding a disability is something which is not acceptable, and is something the work I am doing in terms of hate crime has as a major concern.

That concern is of abuse by word and the continued failure of society to recognise the deep-seated hurt of language which demeans disabled people.

Stephen Brookes

Coordinator Disability Hate Crime Network