In­fec­tions saga: our fears were ig­nored

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STE­WART Pater­son’s piece on the in­fec­tions saga (Health boss blames for­mer board.. De­cem­ber 2) put me in mind of an NHSGGC Board meet­ing I at­tended some time ago (June 17, 2017, since you ask). Board mem­bers were quizzing the then re­centlyap­pointed Chief Executive on other mat­ters, when the chair­man in­ter­vened to plead with them to cut Ms Grant some slack, since she had “in­her­ited a night­mare”.

Those were his ex­act words, al­though for some rea­son you will not find them in the min­utes!

As a mem­ber of a health cam­paign group (since dis­solved), I thought at the time of all the is­sues we had raised while the new hospi­tal was be­ing de­signed, only to be told we “didn’t un­der­stand”.

I still don’t, and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what the cur­rent plethora of in­ves­ti­ga­tions pro­duces. Not so much to point the fin­ger as to see some clar­ity in a very clarty is­sue.

Mean­time my sym­pa­thies are with the fam­i­lies robbed of their hopes, and with an ad­min­is­tra­tion strug­gling to emerge from the night­mare and not re­treat into a com­mu­ni­ca­tions bunker.

James San­de­man New­ton Mearns

IT is a dis­grace that so many peo­ple in a rich coun­try like Scot­land rely on food­banks. But that is what hap­pens when an SNP Ed­in­burgh gov­ern­ment ac­tu­ally IN­CREASES the aus­ter­ity of a Tory Lon­don Gov­ern­ment. It is a dou­ble whammy.

Labour says it will end Universal Credit which was brought in and sup­ported by peo­ple like Jo Swin­son of the LibDems. She has a lot of ex­plain­ing to do to the elec­torate. She also voted for the bed­room tax and against rais­ing ben­e­fits. These food­banks are a con­se­quence and part of her legacy when the LibDems shared power with the Tories.

The SNP now have de­volved pow­ers to help peo­ple on Universal Credit. But they have been so in­com­pe­tent over the last 10 years that child poverty has in­creased and only yes­ter­day we were told the ed­u­ca­tion at­tain­ment gap is get­ting worse. Eng­land is do­ing far bet­ter.

T Paine posted on­line

THE ‘celebri­ties’ on l’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here are peo­ple who are al­ready earn­ing very high salaries. Ian Wright, for­mer high pro­file foot­baller and cur­rent me­dia pre­sen­ter, is said to be re­ceiv­ing a fee of £1m and still looks as mis­er­able as sin. How about next year Ant and Dec go for a rad­i­cal re­vamp for the show’s 20th an­niver­sary and have all the par­tic­i­pants

play­ing for char­i­ties? The longer they sur­vive, the more money the char­i­ties will re­ceive. Then we’ll see how many are keen to put them­selves out there.

AM Glas­gow

PA­TRICK Harvie MSP is de­mand­ing that pow­ers over en­ergy pol­icy is de­volved to Holy­rood in order to tackle the cli­mate emer­gency. He says that “West­min­ster is hold­ing back Scot­land’s ca­pac­ity to tackle the cli­mate emer­gency” be­cause it slashed wind tur­bine sub­si­dies and he wants to in­tro­duce “a pro­gres­sive sup­port scheme for re­new­ables”. That means even higher sub­si­dies. At present the sub­stan­tial sub­si­dies paid to en­ergy com­pa­nies are added to the en­ergy bills of all con­sumers in the UK. Since Scot­land has far more wind tur­bines than the rest of the UK it means that 92 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion south of the bor­der are pay­ing for Scot­land’s sub­si­dies. If the en­ergy pol­icy was de­volved as Pa­trick Harvie wants then the English and Welsh con­sumers would de­mand that Scot­tish en­ergy con­sumers pay for their own wind tur­bines sub­si­dies and Scot­tish en­ergy bills would es­ca­late. Still think it’s a good idea, Pa­trick?

Clark Cross via email

The Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Glas­gow

A stun­ning sun­set and a dis­tant ship by Mik Coia

Lonely tree in a frozen Pol­lok Park by Pat McGill

Sun rise on Ben Lomond by Karen Hunter

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