23) 27/01/20 – 15/02/20

13th February

p. 15 a letter by Elaine Glover under “Ever-expanding village needs a GP surgery” – Houghton-on-the-Hill

 p. 22 “Male matrons are urging more men to become nurses”



p. 27 “Hundreds enrolled as apprentices in NHS” – more than 500 since 2017 for many different skills




p. 15 a letter by Victoria Wallace under “Town still has a very great need for hospital” – Fielding Palmer, Lutterworth




p. 15 a letter by Robert Ball under “Why hospitals revamp needs careful scrutiny”:

 “Thank you James A Hutchinson for your letter with criticism of the heavy use of Leicester Royal Infirmary (Scale Back Infirmary, use other two sites, February 4th).

I think the problem is that although the NHS want to go to consult the public on closing the Leicester General Hospital as an acute hospital and cramming extra services onto the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital, they are continuing to be very secretive about the details of their plans?

They expect the public to be so grateful to get any new investment in hospitals that they will rubber stamp the official proposals even if they know very little about their consequences.

We need to be sure the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust plans are adequate because if they are wrong the city and county are locked into inadequate health facilities for the next two decades or more.”

Robert Ball

p. 20 IN THE HOUSE Jon Ashworth with “Reflecting on our election loss, and what the future holds for us now” – incl. the NHS

p. 22 “Hospitals ‘ready for corona virus’” – reassuring public


p. 6 ”NHS trust now rated good, say inspectors”, subtitled “’Widespread improvements’ made, but patient safety issues remain” – and the individual hospitals still all rated as ‘requires improvement’ 



31st January

p. 8 “We are not ready to cope if a virus does come here”, subtitled “Man says confusion reigned among medical professionals” – having symptoms after return from China


p. 15 a letter from GR Bull under “Why are all resources being poured into LRI?” – mostly about access

p. 15 a letter by J Fraser under “It’s madness to get rid of city hospital beds”


p. 5 “Council set to buy 175 homes near city hospital” – Hospital Close, https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/city-council-poised-buy-175-3774311


p. 9 “Home residents at risk due to inadequate staffing levels”, subtitled “Workers tell inspectors they are ‘very tired, very busy, doing their best’” – Huntingdon Court, Loughborough, run by County Care, placed in special measures

p. 5 “Battle to save baby in vain” – Glenfield, complex heart surgery, incl. a ‘never-event’, which did not affect the outcome      https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/tragic-baby-died-days-after-3770093


p. 10 “17 hours on a trolley in a hospital corridor – now great-grandad is going private to get treatment he needs” – for knee problems; he went to A&E on 27th Dec.                                          https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/great-grandad-spent-17-hours-3756889


p. 18 the most important item of the day: “Rapid response teams to treat OAPs at home” –https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/rapid-response-team-set-up-3777037

Pages 1 and 4 “My whole world has collapsed” and “’No child should live what she went through” – 7-year-old died of meningitis after being sent home from A&E three times over ten days. East European mother had pressed for more tests. https:www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/no-parent-should-feel-pain-3776141