Budget should fit needs of patients
— DAVID COWLISHAW, Lincoln Road, Newark.
There are frequent large articles in the Advertiser relating to perceived (dis)advantages with the downgrading of A&E at Newark Hospital.
As time has gone by my expectations, and I suspect those of many Newark residents, would be that we could see some clarity emerging from the various groups engaging in this debate.
The latest double page spread illustrates how this is not happening.
— PAUL BAGGALEY, chairman, SYNH.
After last week’s coverage in the Advertiser and a national newspaper with regard to mortality rates for people living in the Newark area, I think it’s time to look at what Robert Francis QC said in relation to the development and delivery of services and mortality rates in his report on Mid Staffs NHS Trust.
There are three observations that stand out:
* The patient voice was not heard or listened to;
— (Dr) IAN CAMPBELL, The Grange, Averham Park.
When I launched the Save Newark Hospital Campaign in 2009 it was because I believed the downgrading of Newark Hospital A&E would put patients at risk.
Hospital authorities and the Newark MP, Patrick Mercer, accused me of scaremongering and electioneering.
I stood firm and maintained my position, that cuts to local NHS services were driven by a need to save money, not to improve patient care.
— PETER M. FOSTER, Farndon Road, Newark.
I’d like to support all those who have complained about the A46 roundabout at Farndon.
I was a Newark town councillor for 12 years, and in that time had a number of complaints about so-called traffic improvements, none of which have made things better.
The Farndon roundabout is a mess. It may have been done by the book, but if so the book is wrong.
Hailing a hero
— ALBERT WALKER, Collingham (Full address supplied).
I was pleased to see Collingham’s own village hero once more in the national news about the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid.
Now aged 91, Squadron Leader George (Johnny) Johnson, who flew in the raid, lived in the village until he moved to Torquay and then, it seems, to Bristol.
On behalf of all who knew him, I send great regards to a great man.
— (Mrs) LINDA JORDAN, Crow Park Avenue, Sutton-on-Trent.
What a disappointment at the Nottinghamshire County Show this year — no stands in the refreshment area selling local food. How I missed my bacon butty for breakfast.
Wake up, show organisers. People look forward to buying local Nottinghamshire food at a show in the county.
Are they ashamed to promote their own county’s food?
Show of pride
— D. PRINCE, Balderton (Full address supplied).
The flypasts by the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Flight truly were highlights of this year’s Nottinghamshire County Show.
The pride I felt was mixed with sadness at the sacrifice of so many brave pilots and crew during the second world war.
Cuts hitting home
— PETER JONES, Farndon (Full address supplied).
The article, Ravers Shatter Holiday Peace (Advertiser, May 9) highlights a potential problem in this country — vigilantism.
Mr Paul Miley had to take matters into his own hands because the police did not act.
Lincolnshire Police, like every other force in the country, is down to the bare bones on bank holidays because of Government cuts to their budgets.
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
Farndon Road, from the Devon Bridge out towards Farndon, has been, according to signs, recently surface-dressed.
Judging by its new state the surface-dressing must have come from an old dump.
It looks a mess and it is still a bone-jarring surface. All in all, it is a bodge job.
— J. MARSHALL, Balderton (Full address supplied).
I am glad someone thinks the same as me (Driven To Despair, News Views, April 25).
The road manners of Newark motorists are poor. They don’t use indicators as they should, you wait for an oncoming vehicle at a roundabout, only for it to turn left, when if they had used their indicator the other driver could have gone.
Even if you are in a left or right-turn lane, it is common courtesy to indicate, not only so drivers have an idea where you are going but also so pedestrians waiting to cross the road have an idea which way you are going.
— MAX NOTTINGHAM, St Faith’s Street, Lincoln.
Television is losing its attraction. Years ago I would watch four or five hours every evening.
These days, with many more channels to choose from, I struggle to find anything worth watching. It amuses me that new gadgets are being advertised that would allow me to catch up with programmes I did not even want first time round.
Beautiful views threatened by turbines
— H. F. HARRINGTON, Newark Road, Cotham.
The spokesman for Wind Prospect, the company behind plans for four wind turbines between Hawton and Cotham, Mr Jonny Murphy, said the surroundings, which included Cotham tip and numerous electricity pylons, meant it was not a protected landscape (A ‘Brilliant Site For A Wind Farm’, Advertiser, May 2).
The landfill site still in operation, but mostly hidden by trees is Staple landfill, not Cotham tip. Cotham landfill site is completely covered in trees.
These eyesores on the landscape, including the pylons, are all to the north/north-east of the Newark road and the village of Cotham.
— KIRSTY ADLARD, Eastern Court, Newark.
I was interested to read Trish Gurney’s letter of appreciation for support in the recent county council elections (Campaign Trail, News Views, May 9).
Two phrases particularly caught my attention — “particularly those of different political persuasions, which I thought was fantastic,” and “the right to vote is an important one that past generations have fought and even died for.”
The comments bear out my long-held view that politics should not influence our vote in local elections.
St John honour
— PETE and BETTE SMITH, Gladstone Road, Newark.
What a wonderful idea it is to have a permanent memorial to Sam Derry.
To learn more about his wartime exploits in Rome, I recommend people read (in addition to his own book, The Rome Escape Line) a recently published book by Stephen Walker entitled Hide And Seek.
It is a dramatic, true story of rivalry and survival during the second world war. Sam Derry is mentioned on many pages.
— BARBARA ONN, Lincoln Road, Newark.
I am writing on behalf of my father, Mr Baden Onn, who died in 1968.
In the early 1930s he was captain of Newark Rowing Club and Sam Derry coxed his boat.
I remember how proud my father was when years later he heard and read about the Rome Escape Line set up by the then Lieutenant-colonel Derry and Monsignor O’Flaherty.
— C. R. BLOODWORTH, Edward Avenue, Newark.
In the past I have had my own views, shared, I am sure, by many others about the disaster of the closure of Newark Hospital A&E in particular, and the closure of A&Es in other parts of the country.
I am absolutely appalled at the latest statistics quoted on mortality rates.
I would like to point out that a number of so-called experts said we would be so much better off and receive much better treatment with swift transfers to Lincoln or King’s Mill hospitals.
— ERIC WHITE, Main Street, North Muskham.
I went to the Nottinghamshire County Show on Saturday and on arrival I had to hand over £30 for two tickets.
This sort of over-pricing is certainly not going to attract large crowds.
What with the entrance fee, £4 for a cup of coffee and £4 for a beefburger, the show will almost certainly be dropping off the list of things to do for a family of four on low income.
— BRIAN MADDISON, Gillotts Close, Bingham.
In the article, Town Urged To Stand Up Against Borough Decisions (Bingham Advertiser, May 9) Mrs Elizabeth Hutchinson, of Mallard Close, Bingham, who wants to stop more house building in the town, was quoted.
Does she not stop to think that if the residents of Bingham had adopted her attitude when her house was recently built, she would not be living there?
Instead of the constant complaining of the Nimbys (including town councillors) we should be working with developers to ensure that housing development goes ahead to provide homes for our children and grandchildren and to make sure that the development links properly into the town and does not become a separate enclave.
— (Mrs) JOY WARD, High Street, Collingham.
... all those who helped with the Easter chick and rabbit campaign for the restoration of St Giles Church Hall, Balderton, which raised £865.65.
I also wish to thank my friends who knitted and embroidered the items and all those who bought them. We couldn’t have managed without everyone helping. — (Mrs) DINAH PICKERSGILL, Keats Road, Balderton.
... staff on Minster Ward at Newark Hospital staff for the outstanding care and compassion shown to me in connection with my recent operation.