I refer to your article of January 21 about Mr George Townsend’s experiences at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
During the past few years I have had treatment at Addenbrooke’s, Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals.
Whilst I have no reason to complain about my treatment at Addenbrookes or Peterborough, Hinchingbrooke would be my hospital of choice.
It is outstanding. Waiting times at appointments are short.
When in the hospital having treatment the staff have invariably been kind and caring – even though they were clearly overstretched.
The wards and toilets spotless. The food was certainly not atrocious.
There was always a good choice of hot or cold at mealtimes. Well prepared and presented. Even a cooked breakfast.
If I am unfortunate enough to need further operations I would certainly have no hesitation in choosing Hinchingbrooke.
Circle made many improvements and I hope that recent events do not lead to its closure. It is serving the area well and must remain.
Cherrywood Avenue, March.
Keep fields for recreation
I have always viewed the fields of Estover as an unofficial area of recreation space for residents of March north.
I think that it is quite wrong to transform it into a mass of concrete and buildings.
Arising from my thoughts – is the future of March’s recognised recreation areas at Gaul Road, The Avenue and Robingoodfellows Lane at risk of sometime being put up for grabs?
This has happened at other places in the country.
We need to conserve our green areas that have served the population for years, recognised or not.
Give me swathes of grass and trees as opposed to tons of concrete sunk into the fields and the noise which will emanate from hundreds of new buildings.
I hope the council will think along these lines and not desecrate March to satisfy the mistaken whims of national and local Government.
A cut and dried matter? Surely not.
I would like to thank, with the utmost sincerity, the scallywag (henceforth referred to as ‘the perp’) who liberated my satellite communication device from outside my house.
It is useless without the charger. To be honest it is useless with the charger – I couldn’t get it to update no matter what I did.
Good luck with that one ‘perp’. I will leave the bits you didn’t have the common decency to liberate at the same time on the wall for you.
G F Trellis.
May I politely request employers to put more effort into their HR skills – then they wouldn’t need to stand by their rhetorical phrase, “we just can’t find the staff”.
Apparently employers only spend “one minute” reviewing a CV and, thus, the average CV is reduced down to one side of A4.
It is ironic that management create “portfolios” of 20 or 30 pages to justify their employment status and remuneration, which obviously takes an employer more than one minute to read through – let alone a dinner or “soirée” to seal the deal!
In Fenland, recruitment agencies have grown like weeds in a garden.
Most factories in Fenland now have a majority of their workforce supplied via these recruitment agencies.
They are used by big business to lower factory workers’ wages – usually to no more than the minimum wage of £6.50 an hour. Some workers supplied via these agencies are only guaranteed one day’s work a week. Others are on zero-hours contracts.
Agency workers are difficult to organise into trade unions. However, unions such as Unite, the GMB, and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union are recruiting them.
Workers should be directly employed by the factories they work in. Trade unions should be given control over hiring and firing. It is time to abolish all recruitment agencies.
Member, Unite the Union,