Letters: Edward Wheatley, May 17, 2016

File photo dated 06/10/15 of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has blasted the NHS over allegations health bosses failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011 as "totally and utterly unacceptable". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 10, 2015. A leaked investigation found a "failure of leadership" at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust meant the deaths of mental health and learning-disability patients were not properly examined, according to reports. See PA story COMMONS Deaths. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire PPP-151217-121007001
File photo dated 06/10/15 of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has blasted the NHS over allegations health bosses failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011 as "totally and utterly unacceptable". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 10, 2015. A leaked investigation found a "failure of leadership" at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust meant the deaths of mental health and learning-disability patients were not properly examined, according to reports. See PA story COMMONS Deaths. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire PPP-151217-121007001
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Purporting to be playing “devil’s advocate” does not excuse the unpleasant tone of Gerry Byrne’s letter (May 6).

It reminded me of the supercilious grin that seems permanently fixed to the Health Minister’s face and the posh boy sneer demonstrated weekly by Cameron at PMQs. Mr Byrne appears to want disaster to strike so the Tories can promote privatisation as a solution to a struggling NHS.

No doubt he is joined by those doddering doctors of earlier years. Though I suspect the only time they worked 70 hours in a week was when they were doing their private work after hours.

Contrast his words with those of Ms Wendy Woo and those of the many letters published almost every week praising the staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It’s simple. We all know what is wrong with the NHS – not enough money.

If the Tory Government really wanted to correct the situation they would stop giving billions away in foreign aid; stop allowing foreigners and recent immigrants (who have not contributed) to make use of our free health care system. Mr Byrne seems to hope that someone will die so he can justify his obnoxious anti-union stance and by equating the doctors’ strike with the Hillsborough disaster he is scraping the barrel of anti-union rhetoric.

Edward Wheatley, Hunstanton