Readers’ letters - January 14

Junior doctors and medical students demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London. See letter
Junior doctors and medical students demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London. See letter
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Could a NHS tax be answer?

The doctors’ strike which we have just suffered illustrates the deepening distrust (still unresolved) which exists between the Government and the BMA.

It seems entirely reasonable that the junior doctors want the present offer in writing, which would prevent the various hospital trusts, by whom they are employed, to force them to do overtime outside the agreed contract conditions and also reduce their earnings.

All of this illustrates the underfunded and shaky state of our present NHS.

A recent published graph illustrated that, although we are lauded as having the finest NHS among the European nations, the UK is nevertheless the lowest funded NHS service nation per head of population in the EU.

We are all rightly proud of our NHS, but each Government is coming under increasing pressure to raise the much needed funds to provide treatment and relieve the increasing pressures on A&E services out of the existing budget, which could be easily resolved by raising hypothecated taxes strictly for the NHS.

If this option was presented to the electorate, it seems most likely this would be accepted by all, such is the importance we attach to receiving our free future medical treatment, regardless of our ability to pay individually.

So this recent illustration by the Government in order to reduce overall NHS expenses, by renegotiating junior doctors’ pay, could have been avoided.

The necessity to avoid paying these outrageous charges incurred by NHS trusts to provide emergency doctors’ relief are rightly to be resisted, but can only be prevented in future by making the NHS more attractive to all UK trained doctors.

The cost to the UK in training doctors for them to go abroad to receive better salaries and working conditions in the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand should be calculated by the BMA and used to illustrate to the Government the real costs to our nation.

E J Tilley, Chorley

Unite behind party leader

May I congratulate Michael Moulding for his letter regarding Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (LEP, January 11).

Mr Moulding quite rightly says the Labour politicians should unite behind their leader instead of all the infighting in the ranks, many of whom are nothing but “career-mad capitalists”.

Corbyn has sound policies and principles and, as Mr Moulding states, was elected democratically with a huge majority.

The electorate are sick and fed up with Tory lies and deceit and are backing Corbyn at long last – as he is the best thing that has happened to the Labour Party in years.

Tom Riley, address supplied

Disappointed with FA match

To say that I am disappointed about the FA cup match of Peterborough v Preston North End is an understatement. We did not do our homework regarding Peterborough. We gave the ball away too easily, it was a poor first half performance. We didn’t close them down. It felt like there was no commitment from some of the players.

We did improve our performance when they brought on Callum Robinson.

They created more opportunities but, unfortunately, missed some goal scoring chances which should have been buried in the back of the net.

When Peterborough scored their second goal, I felt that the players lost interest.

We need some strength added to the team and more commitment from all the players.

We have fantastic supporters travelling to the away games to cheer their team at great expense, so I think we should expect more commitment.

Name and address supplied

Shirt belonged to W.A. Hitchen

A mystery 78 year-old football shirt has been identified as that belonging to Preston Grammar School Old Boys (LEP Letters January 5).

Following the publication of a picture of the mystery shirt in the Evening Post, I was informed by numerous people that it was the colours of Preston Grammar School Old Boys.

Following further research, the shirt –which I purchased from Preston Market for 50p – is deemed to belong to a W.A. Hitchen from a photograph of the 1938-39 PGSOB football team.

Close analysis of the 1938-39 PGSOB team photo (as to where the badge is sewn on the shirt) shows that it is, without doubt, that of W. A. Hitchen.

After the photo was published, Charlie Billington, secretary of PGSA, Jim Barwise, and Tony Ingham all identified the shirt as belonging to Preston Grammar School Old Boys. The shirt, which contains a Red Rose badge, is from the 1938-39 season in the Lancashire Amateur League, Northern Section, Second Division

I would like information about any descendants of W. A. Hitchen – or indeed as to whether he is still alive – so that, in due respect with the shirt being 78 years old, I can pass it on. I think it would be memorabilia the Hitchen family would cherish.

Andrew Atkinson


Tory EU rift may never heal

The decision by David Cameron to allow Cabinet ministers to campaign to leave the European Union if they wish is the honourable thing to do.

Harold Wilson did the same thing in 1975, but this time round I believe that the result will be very different and the British people, known for their common sense when armed with all the facts, will vote to leave.

I personally welcome Cameron’s move, though it is a pity that the Prime Minister favours staying in the doomed and failing EU and will plainly support the campaign to remain in.

But whatever the outcome, the rifts in the Conservative Party may never heal.

Paul Nuttall, UKIP North West MEP

and deputy party leader