Readers’ letters - March 31

Thanks for help

ON FEBRUARY 3 my husband and I attended a fantastic walk in Slaugham arranged by the Horsham District Council’s community and leisure department.

The walkers and leaders went out of their way to make us feel welcome and it was obvious a great deal of work had gone into the planning and organising of the walk.

To cut a very long story short – I ended up breaking my foot in three places and eventually going to the Haywards Heath hospital and then the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton; resulting in two operations and all this on the NHS. Now after nearly two months I am slowly on the road to recovery.

It is not until something like this happens that you realise just how lucky we are having the NHS and despite recent bad press I could not fault the hospital staff, in fact I was overcome by their endless patience and kindness not just to me but to everybody.

I am just at a loss as how to thank so many people for their kindness to a total stranger – ranging from the walkers, to the people who were ‘talked’ into driving into a muddy field to rescue me, to the ambulance crew, to the orthopaedic doctors, to the nursing staff, to the local district nurses and endless friends who have gone out of their way to help me and, of course, my husband who has been brilliant.

It is at times like this that the words ‘thank you’ do not seem enough but I truly mean it from the bottom of my heart and appreciate you giving me a chance to say this in your newspaper.

BRENDA AIREY (Mrs)

Chesworth Gardens, Horsham

Excellent service

I WISH to acknowledge the excellent work carried out at Crawley Hospital Day Surgery unit. I underwent surgery at this unit and from the time I entered the unit, first for the pre-assessment appointment and then for surgery through to discharge, I was treated with the utmost care and consideration from all members of the team involved in my care.

The facilities are first rate and spotlessly clean and the whole ambiance makes the patient feel safe and valued.

At a time when nationally the NHS is getting some unfavorable press I think it is important to acknowledge some outstanding service that can be delivered locally to the public.

A big thank you to all at the surgery unit.

KATHERINE TAYLOR

East Street, Billingshurst

No to vote change

WHEN I get a chance to vote on the ‘Alternative Voting’ system I will vote a resounding NO!

If the Liberals cannot get in on the present system then it’s because the people of the UK do not want them. Why do they insist on changing the voting system when they know this fact?

If the system were to change and the Liberals got in then we would see even more jobs go to foreign workers and a deeper involvement in the European Union (EU).

We have seen how the EU has let down this country over human rights issues of late where convicted criminals have more rights than their victims. It also costs far too much to run.

The system may not be perfect but it’s better than the one the Liberals want and all the problems and waste that would create.

DAVID A. BARRETT

Bethune Road, Horsham

Real reform

FOLLOWING yet another diatribe from Philip Circus (County Times March 24), this time against AV, I request that in the interests of ‘political fairness and balance’, you allow the alternative position to be explained fully before May 5.

The AV may not be perfect, but it is all that is being (reluctantly) offered.

Even so it is more representative and democratic than ‘first past the post’.

A system which has enabled the Tory and Labour parties to enjoy massive majorities and form governments when they have never had more than 50 per cent of the vote since the Second World War and delivered a lack of consistency and continuity of policy on key economic and social issues as a result.

Having been voting for over 40 years, I have been disenfranchised by the current system having never voted for a candidate who has been elected to Parliament!

Based on current form, Mr Circus would probably have been one of the Tory dinosaurs resisting the extension of the franchise to women in the 1920s, had he been around.

AV is a step on the road to real voting reform and delivering a more representative, democratic, improved and accountable government in the UK.

It is ironic that both the Tory and Labour parties use a form of AV to elect their leaders.

I assume the principled Mr Circus abstained in horror at the use of such a mechanism when faced with such a choice!

L.N. PRICE

Smithbarn, Horsham