LETTER: What direction is our health service heading?

This week we remember our soldiers who gave their lives in the world wars for our country, some as young as 17 who had lied about their age so they could go to war and fight to keep our country free and were proud to do.

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 9:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:23 pm
File photo dated 07/12/10 of a general view of an NHS logo as the number of complaints made to the Health Service Ombudsman increased by 8% in a year, figures show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 9, 2012. The NHS received 150,859 complaints between 2011 and 2012, of those, 16,337 patients or family members were dissatisfied with the way the NHS tried to resolve their concerns and referred the complaint on to the Health Service Ombudsman, figures show. There were 1,523 complaints about the NHS not acknowledging mistakes in care, according to a report by the ombudsman. And more than 1,600 people complained about inadequate remedies being offered, including inadequate apologies. Almost 100 people said they had been unfairly removed from GP practice lists after a dispute or disagreement. See PA story HEALTH Complaints. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It is shameful these supposedly young children who we are being asked to take in from France, some with beards, are running away to get a better life and leaving soldiers from other countries to fight for their country.

Surely they could be trained to help rebuild their area?

We are now having these young men living in large houses in Devon, also families being given large houses some with five bedrooms and also having benefits and £27,000 bursaries for ursing courses.

This would be quite understandable if we looked after our own people correctly but we do not.

Lily Allen and other stars think we do not do enough for the refugees.

I am sure nobody would mind taking young children who have been left to fend for themselves.

My mother took a boy from London in the Second World War and he was eight.

We have cuts to schools, hospitals, pharmacies and other public services.

I have recently known of elderly people, having sustained a fall, waiting for over an hour for an ambulance.

An 80-year-old lady being in four different care homes in a week, also someone waiting ten hours for a bed at Pinderfields hospital.

I help at a memory loss group where a taxi for some one with disabilities costs £17 for a three-mile journey.

When we can look after our own people, elderly people especially, with care and respect this is the time to consider giving money to other countries.

This week I will be wearing my poppy for my father.

He was killed in Libya in 1942 and he is buried in the country, in Benghazi.

I have just read about our new Bronte midwife-led maternity unit where 25 per cent of mums have to be transferred to Pinderfields to give birth.

I worked In the 1960s at Crossley maternity unit, which was also midwife-led.

Exactly the same thing happened there because you could not have epidurals for pain relief or caesareans when needed.

Is this supposed to save money as the Clinical Commissioners would say?

Wendy Senior, Kennedy Close, Dewsbury