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Deficiencies of British NHS system

Funds raised … but what follows?

We better do something!

 

Deficiencies of British NHS system

Sir,
Dr Ian Corness’s article “Modern Medicine” in last week’s Chiang Mai Mail highlighted just some of the deficiencies of the British NHS system.
Why, I wonder, is his 91 year old mother receiving (or rather waiting to receive) treatment in the UK, when it would appear that like him she is an Australian citizen?
British citizens who leave the UK to live overseas lose the right to return for free treatment and will only be considered for hospitalistion in the UK should they become an emergency whilst there. But of course we British expats are fully aware that our Great British Government always seem to give priority to everyone other than its own native citizens! We have paid our national insurance contributions, pay tax on our frozen pensions, but are treated as second class citizens!
Nick
Ed’s note: Dr Corness’s mother is not an Australian citizen. She is Scottish.

 

Funds raised … but what follows?

Dear Editor
I often read in your newspaper about this charity, that charity, raising money for this, raising money for that. I sometimes go to the event. However – I hardly ever hear of how much money was raised – and how much was actually delivered to the orphans/poor/disabled/dogs/elephants or whatever. I wish the charities concerned would take note. On a lighter note – I enjoy reading your paper – keep it up.
Regards
Dorothy Reed


We better do something!

Dear Editor
Where have all the tourists gone? Can anyone answer me this question? I understand the reasons – value of the dollar, rise in prices, fuel going up, pollution etc. However, is anyone doing anything about it? We have an energetic new Mayor, Tourism of Thailand, Skal (which I had never heard about until reading your newspaper), all these new GMs in their fancy 5 star hotels. Why not get together? Instead of chit chat – why not come up with some practical solutions. I am sure there are people far wiser than me who know the answer. Now that we have Mr Thaksin back – surely his home town will be back in favour.
Best wishes
Simon C.



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