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Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 5th May 2009


 Are the lunatics running the Asylum?  I don't know how many millions it has cost to push a pamphlet through the door of every householder alerting them to the dangers of Swine Flu and how to take steps to minimise contagion.  Most of what is in the pamphlet is pure common sense and, in any case, one could hardly have missed all the warnings on TV, Radio and the newspapers.  Why waste all those millions when we've got something much more sinister lurking in our dirty hospitals - MRSA and now C. difficile. 

 When I was hospitalized 40 years ago after a car accident, I was taken to Odstock Hospital - a set of Nissen Huts at Salisbury which served as the Plastics Unit in which Sir Archibald McIndoe carried out such sterling work on the badly burned RAF pilots from The Battle of Britain.  Nissen Huts they may have been but you could have eaten your meals off the floor - the wards were spotless BUT they had to be because there was Matron who put the fear of God into everyone (even the patients).  There was no contract cleaning with the attendant lack of responsibility. Everyone had their appointed job and woe betide them if they fell short of perfection.  We are supposed to have the equivalent of the Matron today but the role is very much admin. and pen pushing - not 'in the field' supervision.

In my opinion our Government is wasting millions in advertising to try and stop people smoking.  Last week, I drove past a Girls' Grammar School in Canterbury and as they came out of the gates several of the Girls 'Lit Up'.  The notices on packets of cigarettes are so large even a Blind person could read them but still people go on smoking.  So why not save the advertising money and spend it on Cancer Research.

When I was young (er) , Britain was the envy of the world for so very much - our Education system, our Hospitals, the Welfare State, our Legal System - now our Hospitals are dirty among other complaints; we are 19th in the European Education League with many children leaving school illiterate; our Welfare State is abused and our Legal System is shambolic having to bow to 'Yuman Rights' and the European Court.

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