What about a new NHS tax?

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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

I was interested to read the letter from Anne Wells and Carol Evans of the Royal College of Nursing Eastern Region in last Wednesday’s Citizen.

Successive Labour and Conservative/Liberal governments have been slowly whittling away at our NHS with their so-called ‘efficiency savings’ and PFI Initiatives.

In the year to September 2012 the NHS lost 2,283 nurses and the number of district nurses has fallen by 40% in a decade. This gap is being filled by untrained or poorly trained healthcare assistants, or by expensive agency nurses.

Why are we paying out for agency staff when we should be recruiting more nurses and paying them a decent salary?

Private companies earn £18 million a day from the NHS budget; this is money that should be going towards recruiting and training new nurses within the NHS, not going into the pockets of private businesses.

The Green Party wants to repeal the 2012 Health & Social Care Act and restore the ‘duty to provide’ healthcare to the Secretary of State for Health, ensuring that the NHS remains a unified public service.

We believe that profit has no place in healthcare and would like to see an NHS Tax, specifically to increase direct funding of the NHS, to ensure that the NHS remains as a publicly-owned and publicly-run system.

If you want to end the creeping privatisation of your NHS, vote Green Party on May 7.

Jane Feaviour-Clarke,

Elm.


ELECTIONS

Beware of parachutists

The Fenland skies are full of parachutists, so beware if you set foot outside. They’re easily spotted, even without their parachutes, as they wear brightly coloured rosettes and tell us they live amongst us, they understand our communities, they feel our pain. None of this is true, of course.

The addresses they quote are party offices, or the homes of local activists, they know nothing about our unique way of life in the Fens and they care only about their own careers.

Who was it who said, in a General Election, vote for the party you want to run the country; in a local election, vote for the individuals you trust to provide the services you depend on? Wise words.

So when the big day comes, don’t trust the parachutists, whatever colour they wear. When the plane comes, they’ll be up and away for their next jump into who knows where?

Adam Green,

Wisbech.


ELECTION ADVERTISING

Where does he get money?

For the last three weeks or so the “prospective” MP for North East Cambridgeshire, from UKIP, has been taking out full page advertisements in the local papers.

Now three adverts won’t be cheap (might be cheap) so I was wondering where the finance was coming from. It wouldn’t make sense for UKIP to pump money into a seat which needs a nearly 20 per cent swing to UKIP to usurp the sitting MP.

So where is the finance coming from? Perhaps the UKIP candidate is a rich man and is funding himself?

It is a bit unfair on the other candidates, they haven’t got the money to enable them to put out the adverts. The Tory Party can – they are putting out their own newspaper.

I put all fliers, except from my party, in the bin, anyway.

Robert Harvey,

March.

Is this ethical?

When the first paper to come encased in UKIP nonsense came through my door I did the only thing worth doing and binned it.

Now for a second week in succession, again the same thing has happened.

If you were doing different parties each week I could understand, but outright favouritism is wrong.

In a time where politics has become untrusting and uninteresting, do you feel that this is an ethical decision to make?

What is money to you for advertising is damning to the nation.

Matthew Brand,

Wisbech.

Question on minimum pay

The use of the red poppy by the UKIP parliamentary candidate for Fenland says a lot.

Similarly, the fact that the UKIP candidate could not be bothered to turn up for the Wisbech Churches Together hustings, says even more.

UKIP is a right-wing populist outfit with its roots in Mrs Thatcher’s Tory Party. Its support is mainly based amongst male blue-collar workers aged over 50.

It seeks to falsely divert the blame for workers’ problems onto migrant workers and away from the bankers who are responsible for the financial crisis.

The Churches Together hustings enabled the Conservative, Lib Dem, Labour, and Green candidates to answer questions from the audience.

My question, which asked the four candidates whether they supported the TUC’s call for a £10 an hour minimum wage, received a mixed response.

Interestingly, it was only the Green candidate, Helen Scott-Daniels, a teacher brought up in Wisbech, who fully supported the call for £10 an hour.

It is therefore a pity that the UKIP candidate was not present to say whether he supports the call for £10 an hour.

John Smithee,

Member, Unite the Union,

Wisbech.