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.