Crisis of political making
Your headline ‘Crisis of Care’ (LEP July 15) reminded me of July 5, 1948 - the day, as a young man, I started work in the welfare services department of a large north west city.
It was the day the Welfare State came into being and the new department found itself responsible for more than 1,000 old and handicapped people in three large institutions.
One was for men, one for women and the largest had men and women but housed in separate wards, 40 beds to a ward, beds separated by a small locker - and a rectangular day room with 40 wooden chairs around the walls.
The new department set about acquiring large old houses and moving the residents from the institutions where they soon appreciated an armchair and from two to six people in a bedroom.
Subsequently, purpose-built homes became the order of the day with single rooms and the odd double.
When I retired after 40 years service, the authority that I was then with had over 100 homes with six new ones being built every year.
Around the time of my retirement, Mrs Thatcher had decided that local authority homes were too expensive and believed that the private sector and voluntary organisations could do a better and cheaper job.
She took an axe to Welfare Departments and subsequently Mr Pickles, of the Coalition Government, traded the axe for a chain-saw and continued the butchery of local authority services.
Now having taken some money off a struggling Health Service, they have set up a Better Care Fund they think will solve the problem (they’ve even used my initials for it!)
It seems that the crisis of care is purely of the government’s own making. Maybe a new government next year will solve the problem.
Let’s not forget that in the civilised world, only New Zealand spends less per head on it’s social services.
Brian C Fox, Fulwood
Impact of 999 shortage
I am concerned to discover that Preston had no ambulance on Saturday night (LEP July 17).
I am even more concerned to be told that ambulances from other area were brought in to cover Preston - and this meant the service was able to hit its ‘targets’.
I live in one of the outlying areas of Preston so why, if I decide to stay sober and stay at home on Saturday night, should I and my family be put at risk by having no ambulance available should we need one.
R Walker, Burscough
Time for chief to respond
It is with disbelief that I discovered Preston did not have its own ambulance on duty on Saturday night last week.
Following other revelations regarding patient treatment from the ambulance service, I think the chief ambulance officer should be removed.
A Price, via email
Ambulance cut is a ‘disgrace’
What a disgraceful situation to have no ambulance in Preston on a Saturday night.
If all it take is a few staff reporting sick to put people at risk like this, I think someone should be looking at the staffing levels at Preston.
To read they ‘coped well’ with bringing into Preston ambulances from another area, is simply based on luck.
Name and address supplied
Faithful have no-one to back
I refer to Mr Turner’s letter, (letters July 18), in which he accuses me of ‘Anglican bashing’, not so, I was merely stating a fact and against a fact there is no argument.
The fact then is this: Anglican Orders are not recognised by the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Pope Leo X111 makes it very clear in his Papal Bull, Apostolicae Curae, that Anglican Orders are ‘Absolutely Null and Utterly Void’.
It follows, therefore, that any Confirmation services they carry out are also null and void.
I think I might agree with Mr. Turner on politics. There is no political party that a Christian in all conscience can vote for, therefore I vote for a party that would take us out of Europe, the European Union being the most anti-Christian organisation in the world, one only has to look at legislation that has come out from there.
I feel the Christian voice has a better chance of being heard in a country that elects its own
Members of Parliament and makes its own laws.
G Marlow via e-mail
Memory of big day at pub
Regarding the Evening Post’s request for memories of the
Derby Arms, in Longridge.
On June 8 1968 myself and Linda became Mr and Mrs Barker (we are still together) and held our reception at the Derby Arms.
The guests arrived in a Fishwicks double decker bus from Leyland and were served a most delicious dinner of duck.
We could not have asked for more from our most gracious hosts. Pictured above (inset) is a copy of a telegram sent by our work mates at Reeco of Stanley Street, Preston, and the two of us cutting the cake at the Derby Arms.
Michael and Linda Barker, via e-mail
Well done to all the protesters
The harrowing scenes from Gaza on our television screens make for terrible viewing so well done to all of those people who took to Preston Flag Market to air their protests at the situation.
In the great scheme of things their demonstration may not achieve change but it is heartening to see so many people care about the plight of others so far away.
Michael Roberts, Fulwood