Letters: The NHS still works well when needed
The news seems to be geared towards the failings of the NHS. My recent experience shows otherwise.
My elderly father took a fall on his way to Gartnavel Hospital for an eye appointment. He was treated by clinic nurses, who cleaned and dressed his wounds. They also arranged for him to be carefully evaluated by a doctor.
An x-ray was arranged, which fortunately showed that no fractures or fractures had been suffered, so he was discharged.
I was extremely impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of all the staff. These types of incidents don’t make the headlines, but they do indicate that the NHS is still functioning well when needed.
Thank you for making an older man feel like he really mattered.
Pauline Campbell, Paisley.
* AS relative of Jane Lax (Letters, August 6) I was asked a few days ago if I would be willing to go to Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank for cataract treatment.
I live outside Dunbar, east of East Lothian. I had been on the Edinburgh waiting list for eight months.
The courteous clerk who phoned me explained that there was still a long waiting list for Edinburgh, but if I was willing to go to Clydebank I could be seen in the next few weeks.
My sight is deteriorating and at my age I want to be able to read as long as possible. Unlike Jane Lax, I viewed this offer as a very positive way to make the best use of limited resources. I accepted the offer with thanks.
Reverend David Mumford, Innerwick, Dunbar
LEARNING FROM THE PAST
WRITING with his usual incisiveness and insight, Brian Taylor (“Will Westminster and Whitehall rule supersede devolution under Truss?”, August 6) concludes by quoting Article 1 of the Treaty of Union, written in 1706 and ratified by Acts of the English Parliaments in 1707.
This affirms “that the two kingdoms of Scotland and England […] forever after, be united in one kingdom”.
The treaty can be viewed from a number of perspectives, both then and now.
Certainly, for the Commissioners negotiating on both sides – almost all landed gentry – the treaty maintained distinct Scottish identities in key areas of public life, such as law, equal to those of England and often of economic interest. staff for commissioners.
Yet one of the English Commissioners, John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons, expressed a different view when he said, “We have caught Scotland and we will bind her quickly.”
The treaty, between two sovereign parliaments, was in fact a sort of sidestep from the start to keep the peace and open up wider trade relations.
As early as 1712 aspects of it were infringed and it can certainly be said that since then the relationship between the kingdoms envisaged by the treaty has been dynamic rather than static.
Regarding its durability, we can therefore recall the cynical and somewhat sexist vision of Charles de Gaulle on the evanescent nature of such agreements: “Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last as long as they last”.
The current debate, which some say is divisive, simply reflects an ongoing, centuries-old difference in perspective between Westminster and Edinburgh on the relationship between the two kingdoms. It remains to be seen whether, even after three centuries, De Gaulle’s insight holds.
What doesn’t help in the debate, however, is to talk as if the issue is between the people and personalities of Ms. Truss (or Mr. Sunak) and Ms. Sturgeon.
The experience of the American colonies in the 18th century and the experience of Ireland in the 20th century show that lasting relationships do not necessarily last.
Dealing with Scotland now could help current politicians in Westminster if they mirrored the mistakes of their predecessors with regard to these experiences. But it is not individual politicians who ultimately make these decisions, nor does a “dividing” debate create division rather than out of it.
Whether Scotland will return to independence or remain in a United Kingdom will in this century be a matter for the population as a whole rather than for the aristocracy and the Crown as in the 18th, or even a present-day personalized dispute between individual politicians.
Ian Brown, Giffnock.
KILLER CYCLISTS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
TRANSPORT Secretary Grant Shapps has promised a ‘death by unsafe bike’ law that will treat murderous cyclists the same as motorists.
Finally – someone who understands the problem of these dangerous, selfish and arrogant individuals who pedal on sidewalks, ignore red lights and have no way of warning of their approach.
Added to this is an even scarier new trend, that of delivery cyclists with one hand on their bike while reading their mobile phone, at high speed, on the sidewalk.
Kudos to Mr. Shapps for taking those first steps. All we need is the manpower to enforce these new laws and I, for one, will start to feel a little safer on the sidewalks downtown, where I belong. , and where cyclists do not belong.
Stuart Neville, Clyde Bank.
CHANNELING GOOD FORTUNE
LA good news reports that a father-of-five took his late mother’s advice that ‘a win leads to a win’ and invested his £3.70 winnings in two lucky draws for the London Lotto draw. night and won £1million (The Herald, August 6), reminds me of giving my young family a little lecture on the pitfalls of gambling many, many years ago at the mini-casino in the English Channel bac from Cherbourg.
The eldest, aged around thirteen, got up early and won £5 on the one-armed bandit, which she generously shared with her two siblings.
You earn it. You lose some.
R Russell Smith, Largs.
THIS FEELING OF BIRTH
YOUR entertaining golf correspondent, Nick Rodger, uses “lairy” to describe some of golf’s masterpieces. Assuming he uses it in his sense of ostentatiously attractive and flashy, perhaps he will quickly reveal where and when these events take place, as the advancing years increasingly inhibit my ability to attend.
David Miller, Milgavie.