Letters - September 22, 2015

Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (right) meet staff during a visit to the Homerton Hospital in Hackney, east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 20, 2012. See PA story POLITICS NHS. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (right) meet staff during a visit to the Homerton Hospital in Hackney, east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 20, 2012. See PA story POLITICS NHS. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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HEALTH

Stop spreading NHS scare stories

I was rather amused by Marjorie Nye’s scathing attack on the Government with yet more scaremongering about “privatisation” of the NHS (Your Say, September 19).

As a health professional, I am fed up of these persistent scare stories being foisted upon the public.

The NHS is a world class institution and staffed by very dedicated and hard-working people. I didn’t go into the healthcare profession to play politics, I do my job because I care about my patients. I want to give them the best quality of care with minimal political interference.

The Conservatives are not privatising the NHS, this is nonsense. It should be remembered private sector involvement in the health service was commenced by Labour under Andy Burnham.

Under Labour, private sector involvement was four per cent, since 2010 it increased by just over two per cent to six per cent – hardly full scale “privatisation”.

I have been a health professional and a patient in the NHS and never had any complaints. Please just leave health professionals to do our jobs and stop the scare stories.

Name and address supplied

SHOPPING

Season’s greetings are way too early

It’s Friday, September 18, just over halfway through the month and a beautiful warm summers day.

I meander round the town centre, but then I find myself aghast to see Wilkinson’s advertising a countdown to Halloween and a section already on display!

I ask you, it’s over a month away for goodness sake.

Then, as I walk round B&M Bargains, I find a whole section of Christmas decorations and merchandise.

I am gobsmacked at this commercialism gone mad, and how they want to be almost three months ahead. However, maybe it’s not them to blame after all, when customers are actually buying the goods on display as opposed to – like myself avoiding it all like the plague. I’ve accepted that it won’t be long before Easter Eggs will be on the shelves again, or maybe they are already somewhere in a month’s time?

Clifford Chambers (Member of the Victor Meldrew Society)

Address supplied

HERITAGE

Memory Lane was a blast from the past

Today’s Memory Lane feature (Gazette, September 18) has certainly jogged my memory with the article on the Fylde Coast Players, especially when I noticed the two programme covers shown.

I was surprised, and delighted, to know that these have survived since the 8os.

I actually produced over 65 such cover designs for the FCPs, Anonymous Players and the South Fylde Group Theatre from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Colin Bent

Warton

TRANSPORT

A tale of pelicans, puffins and puns

I was interested to read the letter from Terry Bennett on pedestrian crossings (Your Say, September 19).

He concluded by describing Toucans, saying that they had nothing to do with the birds but it was a play on words.

The others were similar puns, except they were wrongly spelt.

Pelican should be PE LI CON, which means Pedestrian Light Controlled. Puffin should be P U F IN, which means Pedestrian User Friendly Intelligent.

Zebras were the first, and I think they were so-called simply because of their stripes.

Malcolm Boyce

Deepdale Road

Marton

SPORT

A brief history 
of Fishers Field

With the interest going on about the future of Fishers Field at this present time, I thought a bit of background might be of interest.

Fishers Field was first used as a venue for football in 1958, when it was the venue for a semi-final replay of the Frank Swift Memorial Trophy.

The match played was between Highfield and Tyldesley Schools Under-15s.

The match was played straight after the finish of school, thus a very large and noisy crowd were in attendance. The match was won by Highfield 4 - 1 on their way to winning the trophy 2 - 1 at Haweside School Ground against Baines Grammar.

It was also used in early 1959 by Highfield School to play their House Rugby Tournament.

The following season, it was to become the home ground of Highfield Youth Club, who played their matches in the Blackpool & Fylde Association of Boys Club League.

It was also used by South Shore Rangers for a good while, under the guidance of Jimmy Farrar, who lived on Lindale Gardens for many years.

Clifford Muspratt

Sawley Avenue

Blackpool

NATURE

Thanks for helping give bees a chance

A quick thank-you for giving excellent coverage in the Gazette to the opening of a Bee World at St John the Willows Church, Kirkham.

It really was a lovely day, and I’m sure the school were delighted with the response. Friends of the Earth is involved in the creation of natural habitats in which bees can thrive. We are also actively campaigning against the use of harmful pesticides.

Pesticide free fields, meadows and gardens are healthy not just for wildlife, but for our children, too.

Dorothy Kelk

Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth