INCREASINGLY, I feel we have more to be concerned about the National Health Service. Not only do we have dirty hospitals and superbugs, which lead to many unnecessary deaths, we also have a decline in the quality of service we get at the local GPs and the local dentistry service.

In my last few visits to the doctor’s surgery I haven’t seen a doctor, it’s always been the triage nurse, where one can only mention one problem even if two illnesses are present. This is thanks to the 10-minute appointment system (which usually means three minutes).

Meanwhile, at the dentist, I suddenly find that cleaning and polishing is no longer part of the service, whereas until the last 18 months this was done at every check-up. Just what will the next cut-backs be?



Sad history lesson

HISTORY was taken away this week, November 20, 2007. I refer to the shelter in Victoria Park, built in 1935 for King George V Jubilee, with stone from an old farmhouse at Digley mentioned in the Doomsday book, 1068. The park was put there for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1898.

What happy times when in 1935 the shelter and new playground was opened, the roasting of the ox etc.

Much imagination was played out in and around the shelter, as I am sure your old readers will recall.

So it’s gone, because of druggies etc., but where, where, was the police patrol suggested many times at 9pm on Friday and Saturday. So where will the druggies go now? Below to the playground where small children play? Where was the park sweeper up? And what happened to the civic society?

It is very easy to pull down. Vandals do it. But hard to rebuild just a tiny bit of Holmfirth history.