Letters, June 28, 2012

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I AM disgusted at the manner in which the British Medical Association has been vilified in the media over the industrial action by medical professionals.

Members of the BMA are very hard working people who do a vitally important role in society, often when off duty, with no thanks yet have to tolerate violence, unsympathetic managers and constant meddling by Whitehall officials.

The action they are taking is to protect their pensions as this Government is insisting on driving through reforms which either aren’t needed or are completely unfair. They did the same with teachers, police officers, prison officers, civil servants, remember?

Jobs and services are under attack - this is fact. When will people wake up and realise that to stop this lousy Government in their right wing slash and burn approach to public services is to fight them head on.

Any member of the BMA who doesn’t take part in the strike action might save someone from the inconvenience of having to re-book an appointment but they are helping to hammer the nails into the coffin of our wonderful NHS.

Nye Bevan would be turning in his grave at the thought of what Cameron is doing.

If my GP works through the strike action I will be looking to find another doctor to look after my health.

P J Cawkwell, Eagle Court, West Street, Conisbrough

Is nothing safe from thieves?

ON leaving our house one Tuesday morning recently my wife noticed that one of our double gates was open.

We couldn’t understand as no one had been to our door.

Looking around we couldn’t see any damage or anything missing so I went to get the car out of the garage. There is a tall wrought iron gate (locked) between the house and garage so I looked through into the garden but couldn’t see anything amiss.

I drove the car to the front of the house and, after ‘locking up’ my wife got into the car.

As she settled into the car seat she said,” I know what’s missing, the ‘brass-animal’ tap-top from the outside water tap.”

I know there is a recession but someone must be in ‘dire straits’ to steal the top off a water tap.

D Harrison, Doncaster

Help me find grandma

I AM writing to you to see if its possible to put a article in your paper.

I’m trying to find any living relatives of my grandma, Sarah Brooks, who lived in Doncaster. She passed away in 1980.

I am from Australia and have been doing family history and am wanting any relatives to contact me to tell me some more about her.

Ann Cavanagh, email: tacav2@bigpond.com

Where is auntie?

MY friend Dean Crocker, who lives in Auckland, New Zealand, is coming to England in September and wants to track down the auntie he has never met.

Her last known address, which he knows was correct to within the last couple of years, was in Hatfield Woodhouse.

Dean, who is 45, has never been to England before. His boss has paid for him to fly out and meet close relatives like his dad’s sister, Sally Lewis.

She was last known to be living at 9 Redhouse Park, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse.

It would mean a lot to him if you could put a story in the paper to try to find out where she is now - nobody in the family knows.

Andy Dene email: crockerd21@gmail.com

Thanks for the great deal

I JUST want to say a big thank you for the free token you offered in the Free Press to visit Old Moor Nature Reserve Dearne Valley.

I was pleasantly surprised.

You don’t have to be an avid bird watcher to appreciate the birds that are there enjoying themselves.

The pleasent surroundings and walk ways are lovely too.

In fact we chose a day we don’t have our four-year-old grandson to make a visit. But you know what.....he’d have loved it. There are things set out for the kids to do. The tea rooms are good too and they do cater for people with disabilities so no-one should be put off from going.

It is certainly a place to go for a re-visit and take the family. So don’t be stuck what to do in the summer hols. If you are really fit you could bike there on the Pennine trail. Thank you again.

Kathy Betts, Station Road Arksey

Get running for young people

I AM writing to encourage your readers to get their running shoes on and sign up for the Great North Run on 16 September.

By joining The Children’s Society team, runners can help to raise vital funds for vulnerable children and young people across the country.

We have a network of projects across England, which help tens of thousands of children every year. And your involvement would directly support this work.

Join our team and sign up for Great North Run 2012 to help transform the lives of some of the country’s most vulnerable youngsters. For information, or to register, call us on 0300 303 7000, or email us at major-events@childrenssociety.org.uk.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, The Children’s Society

Thanks for help on Torch day

ALONG with so many other people my wife and I went along to Bennetthorpe to see Ben Parkinson proudly carry the Olympic Torch.

We made a point of getting there early to have a good view but, unfortunately I was taken ill shortly before the torch arrived.

I would like express my sincere thanks to the kind people who were so ready to help me, the young ladies from the YMCA who supplied me with a chair to sit down and several members of the crowd who were only too happy to provide various forms of help.Special thanks to the young policewoman who was so solicitous and even checked my pulse.

Jim Northmore, Bessacarr