NHS at­tack is un­fair

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I re­fer to an ar­ti­cle in the most re­cent edi­tion of the Re­former en­ti­tled “Kelly’s eye on elec­tion”.

The piece re­ports some bold state­ments made by James Kelly MSP.

One in par­tic­u­lar was of our “NHS fail­ing to meet its tar­gets”. I feel a great sense of an­noy­ance at the re­peated at­tacks on NHS Scot­land’s per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of the detri­men­tal ef­fect it must be hav­ing on the morale of the tire­less health ser­vice staff.

One won­ders how well a Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion would man­age our health ser­vice. Well ac­tu­ally, one needn’t won­der and need only look at Wales for a com­par­i­son.

The last avail­able data on the Scot­tish SNP-run NHS was for week end­ing Novem­ber 15 when 94.4 per cent of A&E pa­tients were seen within four hours (just 0.6 per cent short of the tar­get), whilst 22 pa­tients waited more than 12 hours. In the Labour-run Welsh health ser­vice, the lat­est data avail­able is for the month of Oc­to­ber.

Only 83.7 per cent of A&E pa­tients were seen within four hours, but much more shock­ingly, 2224 pa­tients had to wait more than 12 hours.

Scot­land’s health ser­vice may not be per­fect, and there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment, but I’m very grate­ful it isn’t be­ing run into the ground by Labour, as they are do­ing in Wales.

Per­haps Mr Kelly should start show­ing a lit­tle more hu­mil­ity, and a great deal more ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our hard­work­ing NHS work­force.

Af­ter all, they’ll no doubt be the ones look­ing af­ter him when he gets treated for that brass neck. Derec Thomp­son Barony Grove, Cam­bus­lang

In the first in­stance, le­gal­ity through the ex­plicit author­ity of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

A re­cent UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion states that mem­bers take “all nec­es­sary mea­sures” to re­dou­ble and co-or­di­nate their ef­forts to erad­i­cate the safe haven es­tab­lished by IS in sig­nif­i­cant parts of Iraq and Syria.

Whether this pro­vides le­git­i­macy for airstrikes is open to ques­tion and there have been calls for a UN Chap­ter VII res­o­lu­tion, ex­plic­itly le­git­imis­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion.

Se­condly, there must be ex­plicit at­tain­able mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal ob­jec­tives with a high chance of suc­cess, to en­sure that our mil­i­tary ac­tion doesn’t do more harm than good.

Thirdly, spe­cific mea­sures to min­imise civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, and fi­nally a plau­si­ble exit strat­egy – we must know when and how to stop.

Un­less all four con­di­tions are sat­is­fied Par­lia­ment should re­ject the gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed mil­i­tary ac­tion.

The con­di­tions which pro­posed are ex­tremely chal­leng­ing – as they should be be­fore the civil author­ity lets loose war, death and de­struc­tion in yet an­other mid­dle east­ern coun­try.

Ev­ery one of the four con­di­tions is es­sen­tial if an­other dis­as­ter is to be avoided. Alex Orr ad­dress sup­plied

Po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing seems to have been the or­der of the day in the Re­former over the past two weeks, with both our Labour and SNP rep­re­sen­ta­tives equally as cul­pa­ble.

While I have some sym­pa­thy for our be­lea­guered lo­cal author­ity in the face of di­min­ish­ing bud­gets, the Labour “protest” at Holy­rood comes across as noth­ing more than a des­per­ate po­lit­i­cal stunt, aimed at prov­ing the can­di­dates “so­cially just” cre­den­tials.

I’m not sure how the protest went, but I’m fairly sure a much bet­ter way for Labour to change things, if they de­sired, would be to make them­selves re­motely electable in or­der to bring in the changes they deem fit.

Of course, that’s ex­tremely dif­fi­cult when you have the te­flon-coated SNP as your op­po­nents. Mar­garet Fer­rier MP has come out against the un­pop­u­lar wind tur­bine in Half­way, de­spite her own party’s com­mit­ment to in­creased green en­ergy.

Could it be there is an elec­tion round the cor­ner and she’s try­ing to cyn­i­cally win votes for her party? Surely not. John Maxwell Ruther­glen

Con­di­tion­stobe­met Honouringour out­stand­ingwomen

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the Saltire So­ci­ety’s ‘Out­stand­ing Women of Scot­land’ 2016 cam­paign.

A part­ner­ship be­tween the Saltire So­ci­ety and the Glas­gow Women’s Li­brary, the awards pro­vide a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing Scot­land’s women have achieved and to recog­nise their huge con­tri­bu­tion to cul­ture and so­ci­ety.

Now in its sec­ond year, the cam­paign will be open for nom­i­na­tions for three months lead­ing up to next year’s In­ter­na­tional Women’s day on March 8, 2016, when a short­list will be an­nounced.

From this list, ten women will be cho­sen in July next year to be in­ducted into the ‘Out­stand­ing Women of Scot­land’ com­mu­nity, join­ing last years’ in­ductees such as Scot­land’s Makar Liz Lochhead, nov­el­ist Jackie Kay, and the First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made via Twit­ter us­ing the hash­tag #saltire­women or by com­plet­ing an on­line form at the Saltire So­ci­ety web­site. Women from any back­ground can be nom­i­nated, but they must be liv­ing, and con­tem­po­rary ex­am­ples of Scot­tish women who have made an ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to cul­ture and so­ci­ety. Sarah Ma­son, Pro­gramme Man­ager, The Saltire So­ci­ety Yvonne More, from Ruther­glen, said:“I think it’s a bad idea. It makes it cheer­ful and christ­massy. A lot of peo­ple like the dec­o­ra­tions and it bright­ens it up for the chil­dren. It would be sad to see them go.”

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