Letters: Emergency department is not extension of GP surgery

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Regarding your article about the Royal Infirmary (News, March 26), I agree that it is terrible to discover that our main hospital has no beds and a queue of people waiting for admission, however you did not point out some facts.

The A&E department does not turn people away, and can have a good number of attendees who should really be seeing their GP or calling NHS 24. This group of “patients” needs to be educated as to what an Emergency department means.

I am by no means suggesting that this would reduce the number of admissions, but it would reduce the stress that staff are suffering. The building itself is under-sized and requires the proposed extension. I think that the Scottish Government should purchase this asset from its owners and put the savings to increase funding to NHS Lothian.

I would also like to remind your readers that the ERI and its staff do a wonderful job and that a great deal of people, myself included, would not be here today if it were not for the expertise and dedication of the staff in the ERI.

William Greig Whyte, Piersfield Grove, Edinburgh

Trams money has been squandered

Well, they did it. Seventy years on, and not far short of £1 billion spent, and they got a tram to move in Edinburgh.

It’ll probably take seven zillion years to repay the investment and so many firms have gone out of business because of the disruption.

We could’ve moved Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle to the airport for the money.

Labour, Lib Dems and Tories out-voted the Scottish Government at a time when they had a minority government. This money has been squandered on trams. Our roads and footpaths are in a criminal state. We could have built schools and hospitals.

We will be paying for years to come thanks to PFI, for schools, hospitals and some, like Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, we will never own.

J Hill, Stenhouse, Edinburgh

Easter eggs began within paganism

Seems there is a company trying to sell the “real meaning” of Easter eggs, complete with stickers and a child’s version of their religious story.

Deriving its name from the pagan goddess Eastre, spring’s vernal equinox is an age-old celebration of the end of winter and was always about renewal and eggs and bunnies.

Unlike its comforting and welcome contribution to Yule, the Christian version is rather disquieting.

Their spin on the festival involves the torture and blood sacrifice of an innocent man in remuneration for the sins of a fictional Adam to appease a God who, despite his omnipotence, seems indisposed simply to forgive.

It is shocking that, not content with statutory religious observance in schools, religious enthusiasts are further seeking to recruit children with crosses on their chocolate.

Neil Barber, Edinburgh Secular Society, Saughtonhall Drive

We must unite to fight bedroom tax

The SSP has been campaigning to scrap the bedroom tax, with street stalls and public meetings seeing huge support from the public.

I welcome the news that SNP councils will defy Westminster and refuse to evict families from their homes when they fall into arrears due to this hated tax.

The fight-back must build. People being forced further into debt is completely unacceptable. This adds yet more fear and uncertainty into the lives of the most vulnerable and financially hard-pressed amongst us. Yet again, the arguments for Scottish Independence are made clear. Would an Independent Scotland vote for a government committed to such ruthless attacks?

A 72-year-old woman was amongst those that signed the petition on Saturday. She’s not alone in being unaware that it doesn’t affect pensioners. Her relief was clear, she had been living in the same house for over 40 years, the house was full of her life’s memories. If she had been 61 years old, living there for 40 years, she’d be facing debt and eviction.

There are marches against the bedroom tax next Saturday in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We must come together to defeat the vicious and divisive politics of Westminster. They should be building housing, not forcing people out of their homes.

Paul Jordan, Scottish Socialist Party, McNeill Street, Edinburgh