Letter: Town’s lack of vital resources

Recent NHS cuts have led to a reduced service in treatment and facilities at Bridlington Hospital.
Recent NHS cuts have led to a reduced service in treatment and facilities at Bridlington Hospital.

It’s good news to learn that Yorkshire will get its first Maggie’s Centre soon to be opened at St James’ Hospital. Maggie’s Centres can successfully treat thousands of folk each year throughout the UK.

What I can’t accept is, in the Free Press Mr Martin Jenkins who is chairman of Maggie’s Yorkshire telling folk that we are extremely lucky in Yorkshire to have some of the best cancer clinicians and treatments available in the world.

I see plenty of folk like our own little lass from Brid having to go to the US for treatment, but not many coming to UK for treatment.

Because of shortage of funding from central government to NHS Trusts, trusts and Clinical Care Commissioning Groups then have to close palliative care wards.

Palliative care wards are not only being closed in Brid but throughout the UK.

Folk of Brid just recently saw the York Hospital NHS Trust roll out a mobile chemotherapy unit that is a substitute for the closed palliative care ward at Brid Hospital. This mobile chemotherapy unit has four treatment chairs and will only pay visits to Brid as well as Malton, Selby and Scarborough.

A closed palliative care ward at Brid Hospital and a mobile chemotherapy unit that has to cover several hundred square miles to treat cancer patients is not my opinion that Yorkshire is extremely lucky to have some of the best cancer treatment available.

Ernie Mackenzie

Gammons Lane, Watford