I am re­luc­tant to go pri­vate, but...

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Kent. (Is that a joke?)

Ev­ery driver knows of de­lays due to ac­ci­dents, school runs, sport­ing events, and tourist in­va­sion times. Here they will get top class treat­ment 24/7.

The three hos­pi­tals are said to be yet to be de­cided but by the tone of the meet­ing it seemed to be a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

Ap­par­ently they plan three hos­pi­tals to be up­graded from seven of Kent’s cur­rent hos­pi­tals.

As the most crit­i­cal time for treat­ment is ‘as soon as pos­si­ble’ I feel that the what­ever the cau­cus calls it­self they have got it wrong.

First treat­ment should be by paramedics prop­erly trained and equipped for the pur­pose of first treat­ment at the site of the stroke and the pa­tient then taken to a the­atre of ex­cel­lence by am­bu­lance.

Equip­ping and train­ing paramedics is far cheaper than these su­per hos­pi­tals set up which are prob­a­bly des­tined to handed over to pri­vate com­pa­nies. D J Massey, Mill Lane, Cox­heath. I would like to thank Janet Beale for her let­ter ad­vis­ing read­ers of the planned demon­stra­tion last Satur­day to show con­cern about what has hap­pened to the NHS. I would have joined them had it not been for the in­abil­ity to walk more than about 100 me­tres. I have been in vary­ing de­grees of pain since 2016 but fol­low­ing an un­suc­cess­ful arthroscopy last Oc­to­ber I am now in con­stant pain, of­ten se­vere. Even so, af­ter six weeks I have not yet re­ceived a NHS triage ap­point­ment with no cer­tainty of ef­fec­tive treat­ment within a tol­er­a­ble pe­riod of time, if at all.

As a com­mit­ted sup­porter of the NHS I am very re­luc­tant to “go pri­vate” but my only al­ter­na­tives to spend­ing a lot of money from my life sav­ings are to wait for in­de­ter­mi­nate time while in se­vere pain or ac­cept an of­fer from my

A dog run­ning in the snow in Maid­stone

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