It seems to me that things have come to a pretty pass when you have such service as my family received from an A&E Department on their doorstep.
My mother-in-law was admitted to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, suffering from a mini-stroke. She is 83.
At 2am on New Year’s Day, she was released in a stable condition.
But my father-in-law, who is 84, had to pick her up in his car as this establishment doesn’t return patients to their home address. My in-laws live 40,000 yards away from Cramlington A&E.
I find this state of affairs intolerable and disgusting. It is no wonder that people despair of the NHS.
We were proud in Cramlington when this establishment was first built, but now a lot of us look on it as a poisoned chalice.