Ambulance delay disgrace
Last Friday at just before 5pm my 91-year-old neighbour fell on the concrete path in her front garden seriously injuring her hip. We later discovered it was broken. She was unable to move and in severe pain. We rang for an ambulance immediately but despite making three follow up phone calls it took two hours to arrive, during which her condition obviously worsened.
I cannot praise the ambulance crew enough, they were terrific and as upset about the totally unacceptable delay as we were. To reach us they had to come from many miles away.
We have sent a formal complaint to the ambulance HQ in Manchester but really don’t expect anything to change other than a formal expression of regret and some words about the high percentage of responses they make within their target time, whatever that is.
However, it is the disgrace of running a service that results in deplorable cases such as this that should occupy the minds of the managers there. Unfortunately this is not an isolated instance – a similar unacceptable delay in reaching a seriously ill person in a nearby street only occurred a few weeks ago.
When we hear politicians and senior managers in the health service boast about efficiency savings we need to remember they are not talking about minor trimming of excess fat within budgets but about a real reduction of service quality to you and me because staff are reduced with the result that there are fewer options to respond to serious incidents.
The end results – such as in this case – are clear to see. Rather than these decisions being taken behind closed doors the public should be given a clear statement of the consequences of proposed savings and cuts so that they can decide whether the proposed course of action is correct, rather than having an unacceptable change imposed.
Terry Carter, Penwortham
No response to road accident
Today I witnessed a white double decker bus struggling to turn left from Plungington to Aqueduct Street. It was very tight and the bus hit the pole at the crossing.
The box you press in order to cross safely was broken off and luckily no one was waiting as I am sure they could have been injured. This happened around 10am and I have tried unsuccessfully to inform the police. It is now 5.30pm and still no answer to my phone calls. Lots of information about the website, irrelevant to me. So if you are wondering what happened to this crossing maybe you can read this letter.
Coun Christine Abram, Cottam and Lea
Digging into the train statistics
I have read recent information originating from the Office of the Rail Regulator which states that across all parts of the country numbers of rail passenger journeys have increased, except in the North West which, they state, saw a fall of 1.1 per cent. I cannot find any other supporting information to substantiate the ‘surprising’ figures, and the reality on the ground (in regular service use) seems to massively contradict such reports.
We have seen an increase to services in the Northern and Transpennine service areas, along with a need for unit strengthening on Virgin services to cope with passenger loads.
We have seen far more passengers using local and regional services. So, although I cannot speak other than by visual and actual experience, I wonder if this set of ORR information is frankly a ‘political’ manipulation to justify the continuing appalling levels of rolling stock provision and transfer as well as service adjustment in our area.
I would like to hear from interested parties their views on this matter.
Stephen Brookes MBE, Blackpool Transport Passenger User Panel
Voters will not float to Griffin
In response to your headline BNP racist Ukip voters will return to Griffin (LEP May 27).
There may be a significant minority of Ukip voters who are racist but as someone who Griffin regards as white indigenous British, the British people will never vote or return a party whose vile repugnant ideology historically has led to hatred and mass murder.
This just reaffirms Griffin as a national socialist. As for the national capitalist Ukip they too are basically bad tempered 1950s stick-in-the-mud Thatcherites with silly tweed jackets.
Coming back to dear old Nick, come off it, you had your day, the gravy train of European parliament will soon be over. Do something of purpose either fall back to mummy and daddy’s farm or start mixing concrete.
Steve Ormerod, Deepdale
Energy in them there hills
There is a buzz in the hills around Lancashire. Nothing
obvious, nothing overstated – more a background murmur than an all out shout.
Something productively brilliant waiting in the wings, waiting for the right moment to declare itself.
Echos of a whisper not heard since the Industrial Revolution when Arkwright, Hargreaves, Crompton and Kay came to the fore and Lancashire’s looms clothed the world.
I refer not to the mills of yore but the mills on the hills – those much loved or much disliked wind turbines that one day may be our salvation. I’m not taking sides here simply pointing to the fact that in the resources war to come communities may be obliged to accept wind turbines and even fracking if the lights are to stay on. Hard to believe when viewed from the days of coal.
But the lights are not going out and the ‘buzz’ I mentioned is the chance to exploit another industrial revolution this time based not on the burning of coal – but on the capture of nature’s resources good for all and for use by all.
Technology is constantly on the move and wind farms will improve both in design and
Lancashire’s great opportunity this time is the windy Pennine Hill country conveniently close to the Irish Sea. Ideal conditions for generating power and our guarantee that the lights will not go out.
Joseph G Dawson, Withnell