UNLIKE dear 'butterfly style' Josie Herbert (letters, August 22), who hovers between being Tory, Labour and Lib Dem (and by her extreme anti-Europe attitude - soon UKIP?), I'm proud to have been a Labour activist for the last 65 years, who tries to constantly practise what I preach. As ex-Royal Navy, we do not abandon ship in stormy weather.
Even so, in contrast to her dogmatic beliefs on numerous health, government and council activities etc, it's wrong not to see both sides of a debate before coming to a final conclusion.
Answering her negative comments on the intended central, multi-purpose Solihull health clinic, I remind readers that Solihull Care Trust has explained its potential benefits.
Local GP services are not in jeopardy and there are plenty of doctors and nurses to man units. Proposals were widely advertised and distributed. If people do not read them, or fail to respond, that is their choice -implying approval, despite the 'whipped up' politically biased propaganda via 'economical with the truth'
Caroline Spelman and Tory hopeful Maggie Throup.
My only concerns are possibly some loss of the 'personal touch', although for 'run of the mill' treatment this would not be a problem.
Similarly we need Care Trust assurances that permanent adequate finance will be available, without any reduction in GP facilities. Indeed they must continue expanding.
Yes Josie, I have discussed these subjects with my surgery and understand their concerns. Unless proved otherwise, it appears there is room for both facilities to cope with the needs of an ever more demanding (and ageing) public.
We should not underrate unfairly vilified, wise and highly qualified National Health supremo Lord Darzi who devised these proposals.
Don Bargery, Solihull.