As ter­ror threat in­creases then Bri­tain must re­spond

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IT IS clear that, as David Cameron said yes­ter­day, Is­lamic State (IS) is “a greater threat to our se­cu­rity than we have seen be­fore”. It is be­lieved that hun­dreds of Bri­tons have trav­elled to Iraq and Syria to join the ji­hadist group rais­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that they will re­turn here to carry out ter­ror­ist atroc­i­ties.

Yes­ter­day the Joint Ter­ror­ism Anal­y­sis Cen­tre raised the ter­ror threat level from sub­stan­tial to se­vere. This in­di­cates that a ter­ror­ist at­tack against Bri­tain is “highly likely” al­though there is no ev­i­dence of a spe­cific planned at­tack. It is clear that this is a threat we must all take se­ri­ously.

Mr Cameron also an­nounced new leg­is­la­tion to make it eas­ier to re­move ji­hadis’ pass­ports and stop them from trav­el­ling, es­sen­tial to prevent­ing IS mil­i­tants re­turn­ing to Bri­tain.

Th­ese are much needed mea­sures. The big­gest con­cern for our politi­cians and se­cu­rity chiefs has to be pro­tect­ing this coun­try from at­tack. In­creas­ing the alert­ness of se­cu­rity ser­vices and mak­ing it harder for would-be ter­ror­ists to cross the bor­der back into this coun­try are both sen­si­ble strate­gies that will help to keep us safe.

HOS­PI­TALS are scary places at the best of times and they’re even worse when you’re in pain. So my 14-year-old son was fright­ened when he dis­lo­cated his shoul­der play­ing rugby and was whipped into A&E. Luck­ily he met a man who pos­sessed what can only be de­scribed as the magic touch.

“Where should I put my rugby shirt, sir?” my son asked the 6ft 3in doc­tor who was tow­er­ing over him.

“Don’t worry my boy,” the doc­tor told him with a per­fectly straight face. “Pop it over there and I’ll sell it on eBay later. Should fetch a pound or two.”

Then he broke into a daz­zling smile and as my son laughed and re­laxed, the doc­tor swiftly popped the shoul­der bone back into place. Pa­tient care at its finest. You can spend a for­tune on mod­ern hos­pi­tals and high­tech equip­ment (and we do, more than £113bil­lion a year at the last count) but for the pa­tient it’s the lit­tle things that mat­ter the most.

The smile that says some­one cares, the re­mark that puts a wor­ried pa­tient at ease, the gen­tle touch that shows sym­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing. Th­ese are all things money can’t buy and are skills that can’t be taught – there’s no train­ing course in kind­ness.

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