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Toilet funding

Sir,

When booking a Premier Inn room online, at the checkout there is a line saying: Would you care to donate to Great Ormond Street Hospital for children: with boxes for 30p, £1, other.

The powers that be could ask CalMac to add a line at their checkout when vehicles are booked online. It could be: ‘Would you care to donate to the community run public toilets on Arran: with boxes for 50p, £1, other.

This should cost CalMac very little. Once a month they send donations collected to some local body, such as the community council – which divides it equally among all the public toilet groups. All done online at very little cost.

It might go quite a way to funding the toilets.

Yours,

Tony Baboolal

Lochranza

Distorted facts

Sir,

Reading in your news item on A&E waiting times (Arran Banner, September 2) that some patients in Ayrshire and Arran were waiting eight hours ‘before being seen’, I felt instinctively that this could not be true.

A 90-second Google search proved me correct. A check on the NHS Information Services Division website, where this kind of data is routinely made available, shows that there has been an increase in the last month (of less than one per day) in the number of patients in Ayrshire A&E departments waiting over eight hours ‘to be treated, admitted or discharged’. During this time they will have been identified, triaged, assessed, investigated, and received necessary treatment, a process involving numerous staff with diverse skills.

Labour MSP Colin Smyth’s distortion of the facts is both mendacious and incompetent, presumably intended to undermine public confidence in the Scottish government’s stewardship of the NHS. I’m confident that for patients ill enough to spend eight hours being assessed and treated in A&E, the time NHS staff are spending on them will be the least of their concerns. Instead, they will very probably reflect at some point on how lucky they are to live in a country where emergency treatment is available to all on a basis of need, is free at the point of use, and where the government is so strongly committed to these central NHS principles.

Dr Malcolm Kerr

Brodick

Senior thanks

Sir,

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to and supported our fundraiser at the Brodick Highland Games. The fantastic sum of £400 was raised for the Christmas party fund. Thank you!

Yours,

Shiskine and Machrie Senior Citizens Committee

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