Can hospital claims really be justified?

Regarding the front page article in the Wigan Post on Thursday, November 22 regarding the compensation paid to hospital staff in the Wrightington Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

Many injuries such as those described can be difficult for a GP to disprove, in a similar way to whiplash in motoring accidents.

I fall short of suggesting that the claimants are not genuine but some appear to be so trivial to warrant any sort of payment in respect of them.

Thomas Kelly

Scafell Grove, Platt Bridge

Party could help if elected

I have to say well done to the Wigan Evening Post for the extensive coverage it has given to welfare reform, how it will impact on people in Wigan and the preparations people need to make from April 2013.

However, despite the reservations of local Labour MP’s including from Lisa Nandy (November 26) where she outlines her concerns regarding “The Bedroom Tax”, it is clear the only political movement in Wigan that is fundamentally opposed and is campaigning against the governments reforms is the Community Action Party.

This is despite the fact that we no longer have any elected representatives on Wigan Council and we manage the party on a voluntary basis.

There is so much more we could have done if we were represented on Wigan Council.

For the Wigan Evening Post to use their resources to inform people as much as they can about the changes is tremendous and I hope as many people in the borough have prepared themselves as much as they can as a result.

The Community Action Party representatives in the borough will do what we can to help the most vulnerable and despite our lack of representation on the Council at this moment in time, we will do all we can to help minimise the impact.

In the meantime, we have two official government petitions people can sign to oppose the welfare cuts as follows: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41600 (Repeal the Welfare Reform Act 2012) and epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38182 (Stop the Abolition of Disability Living Allowance for Personal Independence Payments).

Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader Community Action Party

ME sufferers are not understood

With less than a week to go until the Chancellor’s autumn statement, many of the 250,000 people in the UK living with the chronic, disabling condition ME. are worried – and with good cause.

George Osborne will announce a further £10bn in welfare cuts, most likely putting a freeze on benefits.

So while living costs continue to rise, those in genuine need will be squeezed even tighter.

Not only will people with ME be forced to keep fighting for support in a benefits system that doesn’t understand their condition but, making ends meet will be even more of a struggle.

Sonya Chowdhury

Chief Executive, Action for ME