Hospi­tal or­deal is a dis­grace

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Robert Bar­man

BE­ING in hospi­tal is trau­matic enough, es­pe­cially for a young child. But be­ing forced to stay there when doc­tors say you are ready to go home, just be­cause the hous­ing sys­tem has let you down, is a to­tal dis­grace. Ge­orgina Farmer has been “liv­ing” at the WiIliam Har­vey Hospi­tal with her three-yearold daugh­ter So­phie for the past nine weeks be­cause Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil is un­able to pro­vide them with a suit­able home to cope with So­phie’s lung con­di­tion. Apart from the ob­vi­ous dis­tress the sit­u­a­tion is caus­ing the fam­ily, and the risk of So­phie pick­ing up an in­fec­tion from other pa­tients, it is also un­nec­es­sar­ily stretch­ing the hospi­tal’s re­sources. The coun­cil says it has ev­ery sym­pa­thy with the fam­ily and will give their case pri­or­ity. Surely there can be no more ur­gent pri­or­ity than a mother and daugh­ter forced to live in a hospi­tal, es­pe­cially when they have been on the wait­ing list for hous­ing for years? No­body should have to suf­fer such an or­deal in the 21st cen­tury. We will be fol­low­ing the fam­ily’s case with in­ter­est.

YOUR views on the M20 Junc­tion 10 round­about in Ash­ford, where we are cam­paign­ing to have the use of traf­fic lights re­viewed, have been passed on to the High­ways Agency. A to­tal of 1,200 peo­ple signed our pe­ti­tion and hun­dreds of you voiced your opin­ions on our let­ters pages and web­site. You made a con­vinc­ing case for the agency to re­view the use of traf­fic lights on the round­about once the road­works end. Thanks for your sup­port and watch this space.

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