Mailbag: Closure will only make life harder

Calderdale royal ward 8D staff are 'some of the most sympathetic, helpful, caring, considerate, and thoughtful people'
Calderdale royal ward 8D staff are 'some of the most sympathetic, helpful, caring, considerate, and thoughtful people'

I am amazed and upset that they are closing Ward 8D at the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

It is a very traumatic and frightening experience for the person and their families who are diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The closure of this specialist ward and the re-deployment of its fantastic staff will only make Breast Cancer patients recovery a lot harder. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Sept 2010 and spent 31 days (4 major operations and Chemotherapy treatment) in Ward 8D. Where I received the most incredible care by some of the most amazing people.
The staff of Ward 8D are some of the most sympathetic, helpful, caring, considerate, and thoughtful people that you can ever wish to be looked after by.
They are a ‘well oiled team’, who love their jobs, enjoy their friendship with each other, are genuinely interested in their patients recovery and well being and are like an extended family to each other and their patients. The rapport these staff have with each other, the patients and other members of the hospital is second to none. It was lovely to wake up in a morning to hear laughing, joking and a bit of harmless banter amongst the colleagues and patients. The staff are specialists in their field. I found out more information about my procedures, after care, had more interest and understanding of my feelings shown to me from the the staff than from any other professionals. They listened to our worries and made us laugh. Some days we laughed till our stitches felt they would burst open. We are starting on an frightening/worrying unknown journey which needs tremendous support this was aided by this special team and being with people with similar experiences. The closure will be an immense loss to Calderdale Royal Hospital, the patients and Breast Cancer care. It will not improve Cancer Services at all. With more people being diagnosed with Breast Cancer this 14 bed Ward is nearly always full. Without this ward, its fantastic staff, the understanding, the empathy and commeradary many people’s recovery and treatment of this awful disease will be harder and may take longer. I am glad my diagnosis and treatment was made when I could stay on Ward 8D with this special team, the amazing patients and meet my Boob Buddy. Without them my recovery would have been a lot harder.

Lynn Sutcliffe


Part of a plan to shut hospital?

Concerning the letter in ‘Your Say’ last Friday regarding the closure of ward 8d.
I feel myself that this is just another step along the (planned?) route to closing the site altogether. I can’t help but think that the ‘powers that be’ have a plan to shut our local hospital entirely and sell off the site, probably for redevelopment and I give it 5 years maximum?
This would mean everyone needing NHS support during ill-health would have to use Huddersfield Infirmary instead, leaving Calderdale with no proper NHS hospital.
The ongoing costs to the Trust resulting from PFI must be crippling, so I can quite see that they probably need a radical get-out scheme in order to save significant amounts and it’s my view that this is their grand plan to achieve this aim. Of course, I may be wrong and worrying without cause (let’s hope so) and I would invite anyone from the NHS Trust to comment via your pages and assure me and the residents of Halifax and Calderdale that we have nothing to worry about and that there is no such plan, unless, of course, there is and they are not allowed/willing to admit it.

John Warren


Silence over cuts that hit children

Councillor Janet Battye gives as always, in the Courier (June 16) a good account of herself. Alas she persists in her usual silence on why Calderdale Councillors and senior staff pay was not included in the “budgeting for cuts” process, even though it had been raised in the public consultation.She remains acquiescent over the cruel cuts imposed on our poorest fellow citizens by her Lib/Dem government party, whereby half our teachers are reported in the Guardian as needing to give food to pupils who arrive hungry at school.

(Cllr) Frank McManus

(Labour, Todmorden Town Council)

Longfield Road


Why do we need more new homes?

“We need to get Halifax building again . . . since 2010 hardly any new houses have been built in Calderdale.” - Linda Riordan ‘Talking Politics’ Courier 29 June .
Does she ever travel around the area and see the numbers of empty new (and old) properties there are? Not long ago a report from the council identified over 3,500 empty properties here! Where is the sense in building more?
 She then goes on to disparage local train provision. This from a member of the party which for 11 years in power made no effort whatsoever to invest in the transport system of this country, the consequences of which are only now too apparent. What hypocrisy.

M Barraclough.

It’s the tax system that is a joke

It took Jimmy Carr just three days to realise that his financially astute but morally questionable views on paying tax were wrong. His statement was open and blunt but the ludicrous suggestion by Lib Dem Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander that anyone using these tax schemes is the modern equivalent of a benefits cheat is juvenile. One should remind Danny Alexander that some of his cheating MP colleagues went to jail for illegally receiving monies they were not entitled to, some just received a slapped wrist. Carr did nothing illegal; he just used the law that entitled him to do this. Our very own Prime Minister David Cameron describes Carr’s perfectly legal arrangements as morally repugnant; however David seems to have a short memory at times if it suits. Cameron’s father was worth at least £10m according to the Sunday Times Rich List published in 2009. When he died in 2010, his will showed £2.7m left in England and Wales but details of his foreign investments remained a secret. It seems he ran a network of offshore investment funds in tax havens. Only last week our Dave was urging rich French people to emigrate here to avoid the 75per cent income tax rate about to be imposed by incoming socialist President Franḉois Hollande. Call me Dave was also silent on the Gary Barlow issue for using a tax shelter as complex as Carr’s but then Gary Barlow, like me is a Tory supporter and not a fan of Jimmy Carr.
The moral of this story is that people and especially our MPs who live in glass houses, should not throw stones. Its our tax schemes that are a joke and if we are all truthful, we would all like to find a way of avoiding tax. One thing in Jimmy Carr’s favour is that he has earned all his riches not inherited it like some.

Donald Leach

Shaw Street

Holywell Green

Dave’s moral dilemma on loophole

I notice that my party leader “Call Me Dave” has tried to be popular once more, by criticising one high earner by name for attempting to use what is thought to be a perfectly legal loophole, left by Governments, to avoid tax. Dave talks about the “moral” dimension on such matters, but Tax and other situations are based on the law set by Parliament, which is where you Dave are supposed to earn your coin. Some might question whether it is moral for a Prime Minister to send our service personnel to their deaths in a war they cannot win, or deny the British public a referendum on the changes in European Treaties, despite having promised one earlier (when in opposition). However Dave, since you are shortly to basking in the glory of the Olympics, indeed the Torch might reach Chipping Norton, if so could he ask one of the “Dell Boys” selling Union Flags, or Plastic Flames even Chocolate “medals” for a Vat receipt? Not many Vat numbers in evidence in Marsh Huddersfield yesterday morning! Could it be that they evading tax on their sales, which, “Dave” is illegal - and probably morally wrong as well!

Peter Broadley

Stainland Road


Problem with people with prams

As a regular bus traveller who sometimes take a friend in a wheelchair along with me I sometimes find it difficult having to stand around waiting space on a bus so we can board. Most bus drivers on First bus are very helpful dropping ramps and offering help to get wheelchairs on.
In general the company is very good with its customer service.
The main problem facing people with disability is pram and buggy users who refuse to fold down their prams or use prams that are just to big to travel on public transport.
Why can’t these people be more considerate and use smaller foldable prams to leave the space on public transport for the disabled user.
The bus drivers get abuse from some passengers for not allowing them on the bus.
But the company’s health and safety policy states one wheelchair or two unfolded prams buggys for the customers safety.
So come on pram users, please show consideration to your disabled neighbours.

John George