Tory gov­ern­ment is play­ing God with peo­ple’s lives

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION - Mick Har­man Cheltenham

✒ AF­TER al­most 10 years of Tory aus­ter­ity it seems the coun­try is not only more bank­rupt than ever but this Gov­ern­ment, through con­stantly cut­ting fund­ing to the NHS, (no mat­ter how much they deny it) is try­ing to ruin the pop­u­la­tion’s health at the same time.

This is es­pe­cially true for any­one un­for­tu­nate enough to live in Cheltenham/bishop’s Cleeve /Winch­combe area - or any­where in the north of the county with the pro­posed clo­sure of surgery at Cheltenham Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

I can write of this through per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence as in 2017 I was ad­mit­ted to Cheltenham Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal with a sus­pected ap­pen­dici­tis.

Whilst wait­ing to be op­er­ated on, my ap­pen­dix rup­tured giv­ing me the most painful hours of my life and lead­ing to peri­toni­tis.

There is no way in this world I would have sur­vived a 10-mile trek across to Glouces­ter­shire Royal Hos­pi­tal as it was touch and go that I would even make it to the theatre as things were that crit­i­cal.

By shut­ting Cheltenham Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal to surgery the NHS trust is ef­fec­tively sign­ing a death sen­tence to any­one un­for­tu­nate enough to live at the wrong end of the Golden Val­ley by pass and fur­ther afield.

It is ab­so­lutely sick­en­ing and com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

Alex Chalk bleats on about restor­ing CGH’S overnight open­ing but it’s his Gov­ern­ment that are play­ing God with peo­ple’s lives through their crazy, un­nec­es­sary aus­ter­ity mea­sures.

This is surely just the thin edge of the wedge as like it or not Cheltenham Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal is ob­vi­ously be­ing lined up for com­plete clo­sure even­tu­ally.

How any­one can vote for a party that treats peo­ple with such con­tempt is beyond me.

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