Thank you for your letter, it is difficult to disagree with the direction of your comments, the position we are in isn’t something that I would, or have chosen. Having been fighting to maintain budgets and to deliver new services for the last five years it is very hard to find that the money available is no longer there having been taken away by circumstances out of our control. I could not agree more with your comments about looking after very elderly frail, vulnerable people. These are very difficult and emotional decisions which nobody should have to consider, however, if we want to continue to fund as many people as possible for as long as possible then we cannot carry on the way we are. If you remove a third of the money from your pocket what are you going to do if you want the same things you have worked for but find some of them are costing twice as much as they would if you bought elsewhere.
Regarding the announced policy of closing Devon County Council Care Homes
Mr Stuart Barker Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services Devon County Council
Having attended the Health and Well Being Committee last Monday afternoon, I later saw you on BBC Spotlight SW announcing the closure of 20 care homes in Devon. I was angered by the manner of the announcement and very disturbed by the content and rationale.
This letter is no attempt to 'shoot the messenger' but to question what is going on in our country as presently directed by a Coalition government where no party gained a majority, and by your council, in this large and wonderful county.
Thank you. I still wish that you had answered those further points. There is obviously no point in my pursuing these further concerns about the HW election with you. I feel I am in an impenetrable thicket. An example below - highlighted. What is the point in asking for references after the election of candidates? It is likely none will be negative or even disturbing, and thus causing HW to ask an individual to stand down. And what would be the 'risk'? 2 hours of a good secretary's time and sixty stamps? I did not know my 2 referees had not been asked by HW to give references. I will have to explain the unusual set up to them.
But I am a tyro in these things; my reactions are simple and based on accepted moral principles and law, I believe.
Interim Chairman Healthwatch Devon
RE: Election process HW Devon
Thank you for your letter of yesterday, 3-02-14. The delay of about 5 days is regrettable due largely to incorrect addressing of your e-m to me. You must have been tired because I received a shorter e-m from you that evening of 27-02-14. And I wrote this, that same evening to make sure you had it right -
I am yet to receive your response to my first e-mail addressed to you this last Sunday night. You referred to your response in the e-mail below - highlighted. It has obviously gone astray. Do please re-send it.
The Western media portrayal of the Ukrainian 'crisis', but silent on the history. The words and actions of the psychopaths - Cameron etc.
25 March 2014
His excellency, Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the 'Court of St James'.
Many Britons are outraged at the manner in which Russia and its people are being 'demonised', especially by the state mouthpiece, the BBC.
Few Britons know that Nuland had visited the Ukraine three times since last November or that she had spoken of 5 billion dollars having been spent in subverting the country in the last few years. Or that she had appointed Yatseniuk as "PM" in an illicit government. We find the word 'hypocrisy' becomes more inadequate the more egregious become the words and actions of western/NATO/EU 'leaders'. We know that the sniper shots came from one source, killing 27 unarmed policemen and over 70 protestors. We know too that the 'government' arising out of this most violent coup d'etat has swept aside any investigation of these killings. As a surgeon I know very well that the investigation would have been straightforward. This is a good example of the depth of illegality of this gang.