Cartoon highlights issue
I wish to share my observations about the Steve Taylor cartoon in Saturday’s edition (LEP April 16).
It depicted a stressed care worker abusing a care home resident.
My first reaction was that it was deplorable and in bad taste to make fun of such a serious and, for many, distressing topic.
I have written previously about the shameful levels of care and abuse frequently highlighted in the LEP.
I have since reflected and, whilst I am uncertain as to whether he intended it, Steve Taylor has put his finger on one of the prime causes of the national scandal of scant regard and poor care for older people.
It is clear to me that the constantly imposed change in structure and subsequent turmoil results in front-line care staff feeling uncertain and insecure about their future.
And their managers and leaders are considerably distracted from supporting their staff with effective leadership, guidance, training and ensuring the right levels of skill mix and staff numbers.
The ideologically led cuts in local government funding and the shortfall in NHS resources, along with the ageing population, causes me to seriously fear for the quality of future care and the likelihood of further incidents of neglect and abuse.
Malcolm Rae OBE, Fulwood
Terry, you’ll be sadly missed
I was very surprised and sad to read in the Lancashire Evening Post that Coun Terry Cartwright was not standing in the coming May elections (LEP April 13).
This man has served the residents in his Deepdale ward for 26 years and has done a good job.
The voters in this area have lost a loyal and good councillor who always spoke his mind, putting the wellbeing of Preston and its residents first.
You will be a hard act to follow Terry.
The people know that your door will always be open to advise on local matters.
Terry, you have done a good job over the years as a councillor and will be sadly missed.
Glad to hear the news though, that even though you are being ‘put out to grass,’ this will not affect you still being a ‘pain in the neck’ to certain council members.
Holme Slack resident
Fear on both sides of debate
It’s sad that the first real opposition to David Cameron in this Parliament has come from the Brexit supporters from within the Conservative party, not the opposition parties.
That said, both sides of the European debate seem only to warn us of potential problems.
Given the track record of our politicians in recognising and telling us the truth, it’s difficult for us simple voters to know what to do.
The only certainty seems to be that the potential outcomes will be somewhere between the worst projections we are being bombarded with.
They won’t let us leave the EU
Re: the referendum. Anyone wishing to stay in the EU may as well consider voting to come out.
If it is thought that, should we vote out, this will be the end of it, one must be living on the moon.
Should we vote out, I bet Juncker, Merkel and Lagarde will be back to Cameron with such deals he could only dream of.
If an out vote were to cause the global financial mayhem that is being claimed, they ain’t going to let it happen!
Watch this space.
Norman Wignall, Whittle-le-Woods
Health benefits from the EU
I fell off my bike in Holland last year, sustaining leg injuries, but I got treated promptly in the accident and emergency department of the local health centre.
A few years ago I had to have a tooth extracted in France and recently treatment at a Spanish national health centre for infection. It was easy as I had my European Health Insurance card.
If you travel to another EU country and are unlucky enough to have an accident or fall ill, you can obtain free basic and emergency care on the same terms as the local residents, because we are all members of this EU inter-country health system.
Moreover, should you decide to retire to continental Europe, as over two million of us have, you will receive health care in your old age similar to that here.
I hope it continues like this and it will, if we vote to remain in the EU.
But just in case, I’ll try to ride more carefully after June 23.
John S Murray, address supplied
Government made mistake
I was concerned to read the article (LEP April 13) regarding the recruitment of Polish medics amid a staff shortage in the ambulance service.
I was an ambulance man for over 20 years.
There will be a shortage of ambulance personnel when in-house training is stopped.
I agree with other ambulance personnel and GMB (branch secretary) who say moving away from in-house training to recruiting graduates was a mistake.
I believe this Government has something to do with this, starving all parts of the health service of resources.
Paul Jones via email
What will be fate of UKIP?
What would UKIP do if Boris Johnson is elected the new Conservative party leader?
After the big hitters and financial backers rejoin the Tories, what will the political future hold for them?
Will they be able to rely on the 3.8 million voters that backed them in the 2015 General Election? These are the questions they will have to address when these cards are dealt to them.
Michael Cashman, via email