Readers’ letters - October 15

The TIPP agreement could be bad news for the  National Health Service says a reader. See letter
The TIPP agreement could be bad news for the National Health Service says a reader. See letter
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TTIP: A risk to the NHS

I would refer to John Warnock’s letter relating to information regarding the TTIP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (LEP October 12).

Relevant facts have been reported about this process, but I fear that the majority of people know little or nothing about it, nor for that matter the far-reaching consequences this will have into their own lives.

I would urge everyone to look up as much information about this proposal as possible, but would cite one possible issue which should greatly concern all of us.

This is the NHS.

Under the TTIP agreement, American companies would be able to buy into Britain and, in effect, “cherry pick” what they want.

With the NHS, this would mean all the frontline, fast turnover areas which would generate funds.

What would be left out would be the areas difficult to fund and those which would not make a profit, in particular areas which provide care for the elderly and long-term issues.

These the Americans would not touch with a barge 
pole.

Look at all the other viable propositions which would be open to them and the sections they would take and what they would leave.

Who would pay for what remained?

The NHS would no longer be in effect as it is and therefore the Government (UK) would not want to pick up the costs of care for the residue.

Where would this leave our elderly?

Look at the elderly and poor in America and see what sort of lives they are destined to live and then consider if this is what you would be happy with.

Please become very aware of this TTIP, it is a money-making venture for the successful only and nothing more.

K D Ashton via email

Cuts undermine anti-hate work

The latest announcement of £160m of budget cuts which will be imposed on Lancashire’s police force is nothing short of lunacy.

At a major conference on the fight against hate crime and personal abuse at Hutton Police HQ on Monday, October 12, we reviewed the work jointly undertaken by police and the community, which is seen as national best practice.

Action to process acts of hostility and hate toward all members of society, including those which affect disabled, age, gender, race, faith and ethnicity, are of massive importance to such a diverse county as Lancashire, and such massive budget cuts will effectively mean such work will fall apart.

For a government to say that law and safety are important, whilst destroying the very fabric of achieving such safety is not just unfair, it is dangerous to society.

Those of us in the community who work closely with the force will make our voices heard in this devastating and demoralising news.

Stephen Brookes MBE, Coordinator Disability Hate Crime Network

Learn lessons from Japan

Having lived and worked overseas for over 25 years, mainly in the Far East, I am convinced that the stricter primary education of children is the major influence on the litter problem in towns and cities around the world.

Of the 160 countries I have visited, Tokyo in Japan stands out as the world’s cleanest city, where you will be hard-pressed to find any trace of litter.

When I questioned a police officer on the absence of litter bins, he replied that the Japanese did not need litter bins because they keep their litter in their pockets until they get home, a habit which is instilled in them from a very young age.

This habit of theirs is one we should adopt!

Howard Henshaw, address supplied

Build something we actually need

In reference to John O’Donnell’s letter regarding proposed developments in Penwortham (LEP October 8), as a resident I’d like to add my support.

We have access to a large Booths, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s stores – all within easy striking (often walking) distance of large areas of Penwortham.

The idea of using the old Cop Lane Government buildings to build yet another (unnecessary) superstore is ridiculous.

Build some much needed housing? Sure.

Build a community centre?

A BMX area for local children? Sure.

Suggest something that the community actually need and we’ll be behind you.

Part of the trouble, I guess, is that this view doesn’t make someone huge profits and therefore it’s easier to ignore.

Eileen Sutton via lep.co.uk

Remembering The Empress

The sinking of The Empress of Britain, which featured in On This Day, brought back memories of this ship (LEP October 2).

After a four-day journey from the northern state of the Punjab in India, we arrived late due to breakdowns.

The train was taking us to Bombay with other families who were being evacuated in 1940 because of the war.

The soldiers had already left six months earlier.

The Empress of Britain had already filled up, so we got on the SS Orcades. We caught up with the Empress in Ceylon, and again in Cape Town, South Africa.

We had been escorted by an Australian warship.

Now we had a British warship, HMS Kenya.

When we left Cape Town, we had the P&O liner SS Strathaird with us.

After a few days, an incident happened but HMS Kenya sorted it out.

We also had an incident when we left Sierra Leone, Freetown, and again HMS Kenya sorted it.

Before we got to Greenock in Scotland, we were told the Empress of Britain had been sunk.

We went to India on SS Strathaird before the war. That journey took three weeks.

This one took six weeks.

We got to Scotland early November.

George Benson, Preston