Staff work like Trojans

I was not particularly amused after reading the letter relative to the Berwick Infirmary, (Berwick Advertiser, January 31).

Sunday, 10th February 2019, 08:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 10:11 am

The staff were only carrying out instructions from ‘overlords’ employed by NHS England.

I think highly of both the infirmary and the staff, who work like Trojans for the benefit of the numerous Joe Public like myself.

I was, for a year, a volunteer at the infirmary in 1967 as a token of my appreciation to the late Mr Eric Farquason, Mr RH Dewar, Sister E Gallacher and theatre staff who removed a burst appendix as my late doctor compelled me not to go back to work for over a year.

I volunteered to help out on the then wards and on completion of a year as volunteer, I was invited to join the staff. This I did, for the sum of £7.50 a week.

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Unfortunately, I developed epilepsy. It was diagnosed by way of electroencephalograph, but I said to my then doctor, ‘I am not going to let that deter me from my work as a reporter and enquiry officer’.

I am deeply indebted to Berwick Infirmary and dedicated staff, along with Berwick Cancer Cars and numerous others for the help.

I am understanding of a situation that has been brought about by salaried bureaucrats and those unaware of the facts.

Eric Allen

Berwick-upon-Tweed