Readers’ letters - October 15

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could be a danger to the National Health Service. See letter
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could be a danger to the National Health Service. See letter

TIPP are risk to our NHS

I refer to John Warnock’s letter relating to information regarding the TTIP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (Wigan Evening Post Letters October 12).

Relevant facts have been reported about this process, but I fear that the majority of people know little or nothing about it, nor for that matter the far-reaching consequences this will have into their own lives.

I would urge everyone to look up as much information about this proposal as possible, but would cite one possible issue which should greatly concern all of us.

This is the NHS.

Under the TTIP agreement, American companies would be able to buy into Britain and, in effect, “cherry pick” what they want.

With the NHS, this would mean all the frontline, fast turnover areas which would generate funds.

What would be left out would be the areas difficult to fund and those which would not make a profit, in particular areas which provide care for the elderly and long-term issues.

These the Americans 
would not touch with a barge 

Look at all the other viable propositions which would be open to them and the sections they would take and what they would leave.

Who would pay for what remained?

The NHS would no longer be in effect as it is and therefore the Government (UK) would not want to pick up the costs of care for the residue.

Where would this leave our elderly?

Look at the elderly and poor in America and see what sort of lives they are destined to live.

Then consider if this is 
what you would be happy 

Please become very aware of this TTIP, it is a money-making venture for the successful only and nothing more.

K D Ashton

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I approve of ban in car

Although I am a smoker, I fully support the recent ban on smoking in cars when children are present.

We all know that smoking is a filthy habit. I picked it up at university and I am doing my best to quit but, as lots of ex-smokers tell me, ‘quitting is easier said than done!’

The ban means children will no longer be exposed to second-hand smoke when they travel. According to the British Lung Foundation, 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke each week.

That’s a truly shocking figure and will no doubt provide an incentive for parents to quit.

Other smoking bans have been successful. The much complained about prohibition on smoking in public places caused a much needed decrease in the overall number of smokers.

I feel that extending the ban to cars is a logical extension of that.

Perhaps when I read this letter in print it will give me more of an incentive to quit – it is ‘Stoptober’ after all.

Nick Allen via email

Learn from Japanese

Having lived and worked overseas for over 25 years, mainly in the Far East, I am convinced that the stricter primary education of children is the major influence on the litter problem in towns and cities around the world.

Of the 160 countries I have visited, Tokyo in Japan stands out as the world’s cleanest city, where you will be hard-pressed to find any trace of litter.

When I questioned a police officer on the absence of litter bins, he replied that the Japanese did not need litter bins because they keep their litter in their pockets until they get home, a habit which is instilled in them from a very young age.

This habit of theirs is one we should adopt!

Howard Henshaw,

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