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Post letters: Ambulance staff, positive 2019, run for a challenge and NSPCC thanks

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 January 2020

The London Ambulance Service requires improvement to be safe despite being rated Good overall. Picture: KEN MEARS.

The London Ambulance Service requires improvement to be safe despite being rated Good overall. Picture: KEN MEARS.

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Show gratitude to our 'amazing' ambulance staff

Paul Cooper, Becontree, writes:

London Ambulance Service has recently been rated Good overall but Requires Improvement in some areas by the Care Quality Commission, as reported on the Post's website.

In many key measures (effective, caring, responsive and well-led) it's rated Good but is falling down on a few crucial but fixable points.

Importantly, it seems to suggest that front-line ambulance staff numbers were adequate and staff were well trained and managed.

Therefore, we should not be alarmed because it seems, although important, the problems can be fixed quite quickly.

A quick injection of time and energy to stock take medicine and identify and replace out of date stock should not be problematic - likewise with equipment.

Storing medicine and securing vehicles seems to suggest more care and attention is needed. And a better rota system surely cannot be beyond the wit of the service.

If each area tasked someone with identifying the relevant issues to their area and set about addressing these it would bump all areas up to Good.

With the immense pressures in London - and without further investment - I think we owe the amazing women and men working in this service a huge show of appreciation.

Review of '19 positive news

Dr Leonard Restall B.Ed, M.Ed(Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking:

The Review of the Year feature published in brief in the first edition for 2020 is a good reflection of the quality and virtuosity of good reporting of issues involving the Barking and Dagenham borough.

There have been many articles proclaiming the good deeds being reported, such as where compassion and help were shown. This is a good sign for a promising society.

I have had the privilege of writing opinions for six out of the 12 articles and seen some wonderful outcomes from sad cases.

Crime and anti-social behaviour still leave a blemish on a good society but the signs are that these are becoming fewer. Anger manifested in society is usually a sign that anger is within the person committing such despicable acts and becomes a relevant personal matter that society as a whole has difficulty in redressing.

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On the political front, Barking and Dagenham residents are being served by dedicated politicians such as Margaret Hodge and Jon Cruddas, retained as MPs for their constituencies. They had been featured in many prominent issues and well reported on by the Post.

The future seems secure for the borough that is well served by our local newspaper.

Why not take up running challenge?

Sean Fletcher, presenter of Countryfile and Good Morning Britain, Bowel Cancer UK ambassador, writes:

What's your New Year's resolution? If you're looking to take up running or aiming for a new personal best and you want to do it whilst helping to save lives, then we've got a challenge for you.

This January, Bowel Cancer UK is launching Challenge 2020. A virtual run you can take at your own pace. All abilities are welcome, whether you're a keen runner or a complete beginner. Take on our 16km, 42km or 268km challenge in your own time. Run, jog or walk the distance in a day, a week, a month or before April 30.

Each kilometre you finish represents a person whose life has been affected by bowel cancer. With 42,000 people diagnosed each other, 268,000 living with the disease and 16,000 sadly dying from bowel cancer every year.

But with your help, we can change this and stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding vital services and lifesaving research. You can pound the pavements, jog on a treadmill or walk in the park. Your distance, your reason, your challenge.

- Sign up today - Bowel Cancer UK

Thanks for your support

Sarah Lambley, NSPCC, regional team leader for fundraising, London and East, writes:

The NSPCC has had a very successful 2019. Through our Speak Out Stay Safe service we've taught 220,185 primary school children in London about how to stay safe from abuse.

We want a whole generation of children to know what abuse is, that it's never a child's fault and who to turn to if they ever need to talk. On top of that, our trained Childline volunteer counsellors have delivered approximately 35,900 counselling sessions to children in London who felt they had no one else to turn to.

We rely on public support to help us continue our work and it is only thanks to the fantastic generosity of people in London that we have been able to reach so many children.

The New Year brings with it the opportunity to make a fresh start a chance to make resolutions and support us. There are so many ways to do this.

Why not take part in a sponsored event? Volunteer for our Speak Out Stay Safe service or Childline, or join your nearest fundraising group and organise your own fundraising events?

- Find out more at nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do. Best wishes for the New Year.


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