Political football

PUBLISHED: 09:39 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

IN THEIR eagerness to use the NHS as a political football both John Penrose and Mike Bell have overlooked the revolution that has taken place in public health over the last nine years

IN THEIR eagerness to use the NHS as a political football both John Penrose and Mike Bell have overlooked the revolution that has taken place in public health over the last nine years. There has been record investment as they both acknowledge and also hospital waiting times have reduced significantly. GP surgeries have been transformed with a much greater emphasis on prevention and many more diagnostic and blood tests being carried out by surgery nursing staff. In schools health education now takes pride of place as witnessed by the superb posters produced by local school children on the theme of healthy living which were displayed at Weston Town Council's Allotment Open Day last Saturday. Eating five portions of fruit and veg a day had now been accepted by young and old alike.No public service as large as the NHS can be without problems but I for one have witnessed a huge step change in the Weston Area Health Trust under the leadership of Mark Gritten.CLLR MURIEL KRAFT - North Somerset Executive member, Adult Care

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