At this time when it appears rich and powerful people are trying to destroy the NHS, it was good to read the letter from Rebecca Machin and Family (Staff are a credit to NHS, Courier letters, February 17) I would like to add my two pennorth!
My experience of the NHS goes back to the February of the year of its inception, (1948 or49) when I had a life threatening mastoid operation, when I was taken by ambulance with motor cycle escort the 14 miles from Kettering to Northampton General Hospital where I was operated on at 10.30pm. There was dedication and concern!
I have also had periods in Halifax hospitals, where I have always been treated with the utmost concern, compassion and professionalism when all the staff have used their God-given talents admirably.
I cannot speak too highly of all the NHS staff, from the cleaners to the consultants who have dealt with me.
Even before this admirable institution, I had two near brushes with my own death as a baby in the days when we paid sixpence (2.5 p) per week for the doctor.
I have no complaints with the medical profession then but I don’t think any sensible person would want to go back to a pre-NHS regime.
Graham Rigby, Siddal