ON the subject of caring for patients in hospital, I wondered if we could learn anything from the system adopted in the hospitals of some of our European neighbours.
I have lived and nursed in Spain and been a patient in a Spanish hospital, and seen first-hand how the Spanish system releases trained nurses for more pressing responsibilities.
Most patients had a relative to hand, to help with washing and feeding. The patients were happier and less stressed. There was also a member of the family at the bedside at night (relatives were provided with a chair with a raised foot rest in which to relax).
Patients were much happier, less nervous and ate better, and some even – with hospital consent – had food from home.
This released trained staff when wards were busy.
The only time family were asked to leave the patient were for wound dressings and doctor ward rounds.
As a trained nurse and a patient, I found this idea so good for patients and a worry less for nurses, to know that your patient was clean, fed and relaxed, to be with someone they knew.
I think it’s worth a try here and could soon be the normal thing to do.
M Spencer Scott
Tescos on hold
SURELY in this current climate Kirklees ought to withhold the planning review for Tesco to build their new supermarket and the sports centre to remain where it is at present.
We read in the Examiner that the sports centre will not now be having an indoor bowling facility and that they would be withdrawing this from the original plans owing to the current climate and lack of money.
Let common sense prevail in these difficult times and put both Tesco and the sports centre on hold until the money climate picks up and we can go ahead with the sport centre’s original plan that has a full set of facilities.
As for Tesco’s planned supermarket, this could have disastrous results for shops and business in the town centre.
Are these two projects so essential to Huddersfield at the moment?
It’s just incredible
AS the saying goes, you couldn’t make it up. Kirklees Council has given the go-ahead to Tesco for its Southgate redevelopment without a credible plan submission.
Is it not typical of the sort of people we elect to oversee the running of this council?
People living in the Springwood area can look forward only to more noise and pollution if this new sports centre sees the light of day.
Tesco is the biggest supermarket chain in this country. Does anyone really think they will spend money without cost control?
The former Swallow Court Adult Day Centre, the original building on the proposed siting for the new sports centre, was no masterpiece and neither will any new sports centre, given the record of this local council.
I would give it 20 years at most. We can only hope our MP Barry Sheerman can manage to kick the whole scene into the long grass.
New store for old?
I FIND it hard to believe that Tesco will vacate the Brook Street/Viaduct Street site when their proposed new store has opened.
It would leave Sainsbury’s in the town centre without competition.
MRS C M Elvin
HAVE our councillors been duped over the Tesco store which they have approved? As soon as Tesco promised to help with the funding towards a new sports centre their eyes lit up.
Who cares if the building is an eyesore and looks out of place? Obviously our councillors don’t.
The Tesco bosses are in charge, and it is a pity we didn’t have a few hard-nosed councillors to stand up to them.
Tesco will see the death knell for many more of our town centre shops. They are struggling now.
Of course motorists will have a good view of Tesco as they crawl along at a snail’s pace on our gridlocked ring road.
The demolition which will take place to accommodate Tesco’s wishes is enormous. Every cloud has a silver lining in the shape of a free town bus for five years, and this will no doubt call at Tesco’s front door.
Thanks to Hilarie
MY FAMILY and I would like to thank Hilarie Stelfox and the Examiner for the excellent article in Wednesday, February 23 Examiner, to do with the cuts to day services and to the many people who have told us that they feel for all the families in this situation.
It is nice to know our local paper and people across Kirklees share our concern.
It is a shame that the same cannot be said of our elected councillors with the exception of the two independents and the Green Party who voted against these cuts. Clr Andrew Cooper spoke out on our behalf.
I have to question what use the other councillors of all the other parties are to the people they represent, and that the cabinet systems is stifling debate and is undemocratic.
There are local elections in May, and I believe that this is the time for people to stand as independents to rid ourselves of as many of these councillors who care so little about the people they represent, and there are other issues too in which they do not represent us.
It is time for a change and a change for the better, so we can have people without party ties who will stand up for their constituents.
Join with me in sending a message to councillors Khan, Light and Pinnock that we are angry they are not working for us. They work for us, not us for them and we can remove them from office, if is the will of the people.
J R Wright
I WAS surprised by Clr Molly Walton’s response during the debate on the forthcoming cuts to the social care budget.
Such an experienced councillor should know better than to hurl insults at the Greens and Independents, who’d had the temerity to vote against her as chair of the committee.
Nor should she have replied to heckling from the public gallery in the way that she did.
That old saying comes to mind: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
IN REPLY to ‘Saving our skin’ Examiner, February 28) the veterans who defended this country in 1940 were quite aware of the values they were sacrificing their lives for.
Our independence hung on a very thin thread. The Germans had ready made plans, which I have seen, for the invasion and were bombing us to submission.
Also they had fighting comrades from the overrun European countries in their ranks who sacrificed their lives for the same values and not for their own skin.
They were the biggest losers as they didn’t get their independence after the war.
It was only this year that their huge contribution was officially acknowledged and it was admitted that without it the battle would probably have been lost.
We remember when after the war, the politicians took full control, they created 50 years of the Cold War.
During this time atrocities were committed on a par with the Nazis’ acts but under the banner of social equality. Today’s politicians have not learned from it.
KIRKLEES councillors and top officers should lead by example and all take a pay cut of say 3-5% of their salaries and expenses.
Instead of the consultations about new houses etc why don’t we fill the empty council houses which must be many?
There’s one opposite me which is a lovely cottage, council owned and has now been empty three or four months.
Will Clr McBride enlighten us who these mysterious companies are who want to come here in the recession but didn’t come in the boom years?
MAY I apologise on behalf of the Friends of Meltham Greenway to the Meltham youngsters who had been told the incorrect date (March 2) for the latest BMX / skatepark meeting?
The date of the meeting was March 1 and all our correspondence referred to this date.
However all is not lost, for a number of youngsters did attend representing both BMX and skateboard interests for what was a most fruitful meeting with the managing director of Maverick Industries who came all the way from Poole, Dorset to show what they can provide.
In the next few weeks Maverick Industries will prepare a design based on the features discussed at the meeting which will fit naturally into the designated area of the Robert Ashton Park.
A further meeting is to be held with them in early to mid April at Meltham Fire Station when the design can hopefully be finalised with everyone’s agreement.
The date of that meeting will be circulated nearer to the time and can I assure all our youngsters that they will be welcome.
Secretary, Friends of Meltham Greenway
Lane to lane
A MAILBAG correspondent (March 1) asks why motorists do not use the bus lane on Wakefield Road when it is not restricted to bus use.
As regards the stretch of Wakefield Road between Waterloo and Greenhead Lane, the simple answer is that vehicles are parked there at these off-peak times.
I was always taught that the good driver would not weave in and out between parked cars, constantly switching from lane to lane.
Anyway, what chance would a driver have of getting back into the right hand lane were he or she be foolish enough to try use the bus lane?
Elsie M Eva
I READ so much criticism of Kirklees Council in these columns that I have to give credit where it is due.
Some years ago I requested that the 40 mph speed limit on Meltham Road in Honley should be lowered to 30 mph. That has now been done simultaneously with resurfacing of the steep descent to Meltham Mills – a good job well done.
Much more needs to be done to improve our roads but anyone driving around Kirklees can’t fail to notice the current extent of road works in progress.
Unfortunately this level of activity will inevitably soon decline, thanks to the coalition government’s savage reduction of local authority funding.