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I fear for hospital staff's welfare
4:09pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012 in Postbag
I AM with David Vallis on the running of the NHS today compared with yesteryear (Journal, August 2).
I sat on the junior consultative committee which consisted of staff from many other working areas.
In those days staff views were not held in contempt.
This led to a much more family type of attitude and people worked much better together.
We did have hospital managers but far fewer than today.
The hospital had a full team of maintenance men and cleaners, sewing room and porters.
There was never any doubt the place was clean and tidy; matron saw to that.
Nurses did not have many helpers, they did just about all that was required on their ward.
Rarely anything went out to contract, it was all in-house. The food was excellent and on time.
The hospital management team were mostly local business people or retired managers and it worked quite well.
They may have still had targets to reach but not the priority it is today.
I have had to use the hospital quite a lot of late and the service given by the staff has been excellent. I do, though, fear for their welfare.
JOHN WIGGLESWORTH, Salisbury