061210 RSCH Letter

10th December 2006

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP,
Secretary of State for Health,
Department of Health,
Richmond House,
79, Whitehall,
London,
SW1A 2NL

Dear Mrs Hewitt

In the matter of:  The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford

I am writing to request your urgent attention to a very serious matter that is threatening healthcare in our area.

I understand that the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) is being threatened by the (Strategic Health Authority) SHA and Primary Care Trust (PCT) with either partial or total closure.

I further understand that a major part of the reason for this is the funding imbalance between the South (where the majority of taxation is raised) and the North (where the majority of taxation is spent).  This imbalance, it appears, is derived from a flawed logic in terms of the mortality rates in the respective parts of the country.

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061209 Waste

Letter to Surrey Advertiser

Sir

I was most interested to note two councillors (one from Guildford and one from Mole Valley, both in opposition parties) putting forward their views on waste and recycling (Surrey Ad 1st December). Cllr Hogger seems to ignore the fact that garden waste collection takes cars off the road and is a much more environmentally friendly solution than multiple single car trips to Slyfield (composting at home is still the preferred option for those people who can).

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