Hospital loss

PUBLISHED: 10:25 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, —I feel your letter headlined Hospital scandal (Herts Advertiser, January 8) is very apt and I m sure there would be a consensus of opinion on this matter. A scandal, yes, that the city of St Albans and our neighbours should be so ostracised in the

SIR, -I feel your letter headlined "Hospital scandal" (Herts Advertiser, January 8) is very apt and I'm sure there would be a consensus of opinion on this matter.

A scandal, yes, that the city of St Albans and our neighbours should be so ostracised in the way that we were, that our brand-new, perfectly-functioning hospital should have been thrown to the dogs thus allowing the people responsible to get us well and truly over their barrel, so to speak, in that we now encounter considerable difficulty and expense in obtaining necessary medical aid.

I look back at a time when my youngest son was in our wonderful children's ward and very ill. I was able to stay near him while administering in between to the others at home. Goodness knows how I would have coped in today's situation, not having a car or very much money at the time. It just doesn't bear thinking about.

Sue Steed's letter puts it in a nutshell - we need our own hospital. We've been treated as second-class citizens for long enough.

Why should we continue to be responsible for the misdemeanours of these so-called managers who for so long failed to manage?

There must be something, surely, that we, even at this late stage, can do about this outrageous situation.

ELIZABETH DUMPLETON,

Wilstone Drive, St Albans.

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