Fur­ther cuts for the NHS?

Surrey Herald/News - - LETTERS -

SPELTHORNE MP Kwasi Kwarteng has been recorded in a meet­ing say­ing ‘ev­ery­thing should be put on the ta­ble’ when con­sid­er­ing how to re­duce the fi­nan­cial deficit, sug­gest­ing that spend­ing on the NHS should not be ringfenced. While de­plor­ing his in­ten­tion, res­i­dents must at least ap­plaud his hon­esty in putting for­ward so po­lit­i­cally toxic a mea­sure that his safe Tory seat will be at risk next May, for the strain un­der which our lo­cal ser­vices strug­gle is al­ready un­ac­cept­able. The Her­ald & News (De­cem­ber 4) warns that doc­tors at Ash­ford and St Peter’s Hos­pi­tal en­dure A&E un­der pro­vi­sion – 320 daily at­ten­dances at week­ends is ob­vi­ously un­man­age­able. Di­ag­no­sis, in­di­cated by blood test­ing, is run­ning at only three-fifths of the nec­es­sary level. Lives are at risk. A short­age of nurses is the ex­pla­na­tion. In cases of de­men­tia re­quir­ing res­i­den­tial care, not even one place­ment is avail­able in Spelthorne. There is ‘pri­vate’ place­ment in the con­stituency at £1,200 per week. Does Mr Kwarteng ad­vo­cate fur­ther cuts to the NHS staff in pay or num­bers? His gov­ern­ment re­fused the 1% in­crease urged by the in­de­pen­dent pay com­mis­sion, which forced an un­prece­dented strike by mid­wives, car­ers and am­bu­lance crews. It be­hoves our MP to spec­ify the cuts he has in mind so that con­stituents can be well in­formed be­fore vot­ing. HAROLD TRACE Park­land Grove

Ash­ford for­mer staff from Dun­croft School in Staines have been cleared of any mis­be­haviour with re­gard to the as­saults car­ried out on chil­dren from there by Jimmy Sav­ile. You also re­port, quite cor­rectly, that two Sur­rey po­lice of­fi­cers are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the way they con­ducted the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. How­ever, two other out­stand­ing ques­tions re­main to be an­swered: 1. Why did files rel­e­vant to the en­quiry van­ish? 2. Why did Michael Gove, dur­ing his time as Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary, not in­clude Dun­croft in his list of lo­ca­tions where Sav­ile car­ried out abuse? An­swers are needed on all th­ese is­sues be­fore this tragic episode can be laid to rest. AN­DREW MCLUSKEY Di­amedes Av­enue

Stan­well The sous chef at the time was a Chris Whit­ting­ton and after 40 years we would like to make con­tact. Chris lived in Whap­shot Road, in Staines and we won­dered if any of your read­ers be in a po­si­tion to as­sist in lo­cat­ing him? Please email if you can help. MAL PARKER New Zealand mal­rob­parker@gmail.

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