Hospital ordeal is a disgrace
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.