Letters : Hospital concerns

‘Black Winks'

Given the dismal performances of our Black Caps cricketers in Sri Lanka, I should think cricket in this country is deservedly about to be overtaken in popularity by the equally traditional and no-less-skilful board game of Tiddlywinks.

Unlike cricket, where the excruciating pain of poor performance lasts anywhere from several hours to several days, the colourfully uncomplicated game of Tiddlywinks has the advantage of determining a quick result - usually only a matter of minutes - with plenty of fun and good humour attached.

Could it be that a resurgence of interest in Tiddlywinks will relieve long-suffering Kiwi sports spectators from the boredom of witnessing a host of time-wasting cricketing rituals, including spitting on balls between deliveries, trouser-rubbing, bat-in-hand air-shots, and turf-kicking about the wickets? I hope so.

Who can be bothered with a game that persistently indulges underperforming overpaid pros, many owning over-inflated egos.

For decades of depressing results and cricketing lessons not heeded, I say: Goodbye and good riddance Mr Duckworth-Lewis, et al. A new chant is soon to ring out: "C'mon the ‘Black Winks'!"



Pound fees

I would like to say that there are some people out there that genuinely love and care for their dogs, and, yes, there are those that do not. But is it really necessary to feel as if you have to sell a limb to have your pet back?

Times are tough for a lot of people, and having a pet, to some, is an important part of stress management and companionship. Frankly, personal circumstances should come into consideration when dealing with these matters.

For example, when a puppy gets under a fence and gets impounded, having to pay a fee of $105 is a bit steep. Some people have had dogs their whole lives, and yes, they should know the rules. Perhaps an open pound, for example.

In Christchurch, the public can view the unwanted dogs, leave their name and details and, at a small fee such as $30, plus $20 donation towards its food, you can claim an unwanted dog.

The owner is given seven days to collect the dog, and if that doesn't happen, it goes to someone who wants it.

Less expense to the vets and the council, or whoever it is, that pays the fee to put down unwanted dogs.



Hospital concerns

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is using the argument of privacy to get in the way of common sense and community responsibility.

I was glad to hear that Phil Kennard [letters, Express, November 27] was well cared for at Wairau Hospital, and that his surgery went well.

However, imagine that in the last two months your surgeon made errors during the same operation, and one patient had not recovered. Would you expect to be informed of this before you had the same operation? Would you expect your GP to know of these incidents if you rang and asked?

I have helped with one complaint to the Health and Disability Commission and lodged two others. The latter two are being investigated by the Medical Council. These involve operations by the same surgeon at Wairau Hospital in December 2010, January 2011 and February 2011.

I am overwhelmed at the calls, conversations and secondhand information I've had from people unhappy with treatment (at some stage) they have received at Wairau Hospital.

Thanks to the publicity about these incidents, people may get closure. Just being able to tell their story helps.

I went to Wairau Hospital to request medical records and pick up some "in house" complaint forms so I could use the DHB system for minor complaints-problems.

There were none available at the front desk. The volunteer was very apologetic and assured me there were some the other day; that she would organise to get more.

I stress that the ward and nursing care that my clients received were excellent. Seemingly, communication broke down once things went wrong.



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