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Citizen editor: We should celebrate our National Health Service

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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IN our view, the National Health Service is this country's greatest institution.

Yes, despite all the criticism of it, the NHS is the envy of the world.

At the heart of its success are its people.

They are the people whose excellence in every aspect of care make it outstanding. Far too rarely do we step back and appreciate the importance of the NHS in our world – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That is why today we feature some of the winners of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust annual staff awards. This newspaper does receive complaints about the NHS. We would do because it is the largest employer in the county so that would be natural. But the plaudits we receive outweigh the brickbats.

And we must always remember the efforts of these hospital staff go far beyond their working remit. That is because they are very dedicated people.

ROYAL Mail needs to move with the times and we know people are posting fewer letters than they used to.

But it is a sad day for Gloucester knowing its sorting office in Eastern Avenue is going to close with so many jobs at risk.

We knew this was coming, the writing had been on the wall for a while, but this is no comfort for those whose livelihoods could be affected. The site itself, once closed, needs to be sold quickly and to a business wishing to create jobs in the city.

LIVING with a lung condition is hard enough but mum Carmel Webb gives up her precious time to help young people.

She has now started a group in Podsmead aimed at bringing the youth community together in the area.

Now more than ever residents need to grasp hold of the big society model and Carmel has done just that.

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  • TheNub  |  November 11 2012, 12:50PM

    the NHS is being ripped apart by the tories with the help of Frank Harsent and the rest of the village people.

  • SELINA30  |  November 09 2012, 9:42PM

    So the Citizen will campaign against the privatisation of the NHS ?

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  • MissyMadDog  |  November 09 2012, 8:26PM

    What's to celebrate, it's being privatised, soon to be out of reach for those who can't afford it.

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  • GoMiG  |  November 09 2012, 1:02PM

    I totally agree that we should celebrate the NHS, however, there needs to be a significant review in the way that public funds are spent. It has now become evident that there are greater levels of bureacracy involved in running health services, and more and more staff are taken on in the trust's headquarters, that have little to do with providing front line services, but are bean counters.... Let's start stripping away the incompetance at the top, and employ senior managers who's ego's don't interfere with their running of the business, thinking thier the head of a multi-national corporation!!!

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  • a_calm_voice  |  November 09 2012, 12:14PM

    We should indeed be proud of our health service and of many of our other public services. And we should all accept that these services have to be paid for. So let's have no more moaning about paying tax (you can't get anything for nothing in this life), no more expecting health service workers and others to do skilled work for unskilled wages and no more talking down the efforts that other people make at work whether they're in the public or private sector. We're all in this together and we all need each other.

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  • Beekeeper  |  November 09 2012, 10:19AM

    We should celebrate our National Health Service by paying NHS and all public service staff properly, not expecting essential work to be done by volunteers. No more "big society" nonsense.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 09 2012, 9:39AM

    Enjoy it while you can, the tories are doing their best to dismantel it.

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