Vent Your Spleen

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), February 25, 2009 | Go to article overview

Vent Your Spleen


I JUST want to comment on the fact that the switchboard which is used now for all hospitals, the 0844 number, is an expensive line.

I work at an outlying hospital and since the introduction of the new switchboard we get numerous wrong numbers put through to us by the switchboard.

Patients then have to ring in again. It's very expensive for them and if they are using their mobiles it is even more expensive.

The Government recently commented that hospitals shouldn't be setting up these lines, and yet this was has been set up in Newcastle.

I would just like to draw everyone's attention to it. If they are put through to a wrong number, I think they should complain.

Someone rang me the other day and I was the fourth extension they'd been put through to and I was the fourth wrong extension.

ANON.

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown lectures the banks on sobriety while Chancellor Gordon Brown gave them the nod and wink for licence.

A 12-year learning curve for Gordon but hardship for the rest of us. Unless, of course, you are a politician or a banker.

AR, Gateshead.

YOUR article in Monday's Chronicle, regarding the pensioner and his dog who are now residents at Walker Care Home, really uplifted me.

It was such a nice story of how the manageress had welcomed them into the home after them being turned away from other residences. Happy days.

MABEL TINKLER, Heaton, Newcastle.

I AM sick of hearing about the so-called romance of the mining industry, made plain with fancy little banners, stories about pit ponies, etc.

The fact is the pits were dirty holes in the ground where they cruelly used these animals to pull tubs of coal.

Now people are having reminders of old disasters and even the miners' strike of 1984.

All I know is that it was the longest year of my live and I was glad when the pits shut. …

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