MP crit­i­cised over Venezuela views

Lennox Herald - - LENNOX VIEW -

Cly­de­bank TUC, along with the lo­cal joint trades unions, re­cently held a round ta­ble dis­cus­sion on the sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela.

There was a good turnout to hear two well in­formed speak­ers from the Venezuela Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign (VSC) de­spite the weather be­ing less than kind on the night.

Those present heard that this was a very dif­fi­cult time for Venezuela, with the US Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­ter­nal right wing forces seek­ing to desta­bilise and over­throw the elected gov­ern­ment and the former also in­tro­duc­ing sanc­tions aimed at starv­ing the coun­try of fi­nances and even threat­en­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion.

An open in­vi­ta­tion to the meet­ing had been made to the MP for West Dun­bar­ton­shire Martin Docher­tyHughes, who had asked a se­ries of hos­tile ques­tions on Venezuela in Par­lia­ment, but un­for­tu­nately nei­ther he or a rep­re­sen­ta­tive turned up to ar­gue his case.

The VSC has of­fered to de­bate the sit­u­a­tion with Martin and give him an op­por­tu­nity to de­fend his po­si­tion, which came in for much crit­i­cism at the meet­ing.

The trade union move­ment will be happy to host such an event. Tom Mor­ri­son Sec­re­tary Cly­de­bank TUC

Surgery strug­gling with ex­tra pa­tients

At Leven­side Med­i­cal Prac­tice the days of dragon re­cep­tion­ists are long gone.

I am very for­tu­nate to have very com­pas­sion­ate, car­ing pro­fes­sional staff who do a fan­tas­tic job un­der very stress­ful time con­straints.

I was very con­cerned to see that our prac­tice was tak­ing over another GP’s prac­tice. My con­cern was how would an ex­tra 1000 or more pa­tients book ap­point­ments and get test re­sults when we only have one phone num­ber to call.

I am aware you can book ap­point­ments on­line but many peo­ple do not have ac­cess to com­put­ers and ur­gent ail­ments need to be seen on the day.

I feel the doc­tors should have fore­seen the surge in pa­tient num­bers try­ing to call on a daily ba­sis to book ap­point­ments and pro­vided ex­tra phone lines and more re­cep­tion­ists to deal with the in­flux of new pa­tients.

Also the av­er­age wait­ing time to see a phys­io­ther­a­pist is now run­ning at 23 weeks.

Since the ap­point­ment sys­tem was cen­tralised the wait­ing time has risen dras­ti­cally. Bring back lo­cal ap­point­ment ser­vices for all de­part­ments of our health ser­vice. Theresa Con­nolly, Stoneyflatt Road, Dum­bar­ton

Ar­rests in Beth­le­hem

Last year chil­dren from the Aida refugee camp per­formed in a mu­si­cal show that vis­ited Dum­bar­ton, He­lens­burgh and Cly­de­bank.

The chil­dren and adults de­scribed life un­der oc­cu­pa­tion and some showed their in­juries sus­tained dur­ing army raids.

Re­cently Is­raeli forces at­tacked and hu­mil­i­ated a 14-year-old boy.

He was was de­tained from his home in Aida refugee camp in the oc­cu­pied West Bank city of Beth­le­hem on Septem­ber 18.

Is­raeli forces stormed the boy’s home at 3am, dam­ag­ing the fam­ily’s prop­erty.

The sol­dier took him out­side of the house, slammed him against a wall and as­saulted him and put him in tight hand­cuffs.

Is­raeli in­ter­roga­tors con­tin­ued to beat the boy, shout­ing at him and threat­en­ing to ar­rest his fa­ther and mother.

He suf­fered wounds in his face and mouth and was not pro­vided with treat­ment de­spite his se­vere pain.

The La­jee Cen­tre, a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion in Aida refugee camp which has vis­ited Dum­bar­ton, said on Septem­ber 26 that Is­raeli forces de­tained three chil­dren from the camp.

Mean­while, the same day the boy was de­tained an Is­raeli mil­i­tary court filed charges against three Pales­tinian mi­nors from Aida a month af­ter they were de­tained for al­legedly throw­ing stones at Is­raeli forces sta­tioned at Rachel’s Tomb, which is lo­cated next to an Is­raeli mil­i­tary base at the edge of Aida refugee camp in Beth­le­hem.

There is a 99.74 per­cent con­vic­tion rate for Pales­tini­ans tried in Is­raeli mil­i­tary courts, ac­cord­ing to Hu­man Rights Watch.

Hu­man rights groups have also widely doc­u­mented the abuse of Pales­tinian chil­dren by Is­raeli forces and the harsh in­ter­ro­ga­tion prac­tices used to force their con­fes­sions, which has long been the tar­get of crit­i­cism by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

De­fense for Chil­dren In­ter­na­tional - Pales­tine has said their re­search showed al­most two-thirds of Pales­tinian chil­dren de­tained in the oc­cu­pied West Bank by Is­raeli forces had en­dured phys­i­cal vi­o­lence af­ter their ar­rest.

No doubt on their next visit the chil­dren will have more to tell us of life un­der oc­cu­pa­tion. Brian McKenna, Over­toun Av­enue, Dum­bar­ton

Of­fer Tom Mor­ri­son

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