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SENTINEL: Hospital supplier, bridge, cinema, council meetings

Sentinel

Sentinel

Sentinel casts an eye over events in and around Boston...

*This week’s front page Standard story raises an interesting point about accountability. This is the tale of Christopher Newton, the arthritis sufferer in need of a replacement ankle joint who had his operation at the Pilgrim put off because of ‘missing machinery’. That turned out to be jargon speak for ‘we ‘don’t have the ankle joint’. All pretty bad for Mr Newton who now has to wait but Sentinel supposes we shouldn’t be too hard on the hospital. They too have been let down by the company who supplies the joint. Sentinel wonders what sanctions there are against the suppliers who appear to have failed to fulfil the terms of their contract, a contract which would appear to stop the hospital being able to get the joint elsewhere. Let’s see them named and fined for letting everyone – patient, hospital and taxpayer – down.

*Time to hand out a spot of praise (don’t faint). Sentinel popped along to West End Cinema recently to see a film in 3D. When planning the trip Sentinel did a little check to compare the cost with Showcase in Peterborough. The tickets were £7.75 each at West End - and about £12 each in Peterborough! Not only is it good to have a cinema in the town, but nice to see we’ve got one that isn’t a complete rip off. At £12 a pop Sentinel would be waiting for the DVD...

*When is an opening not an opening? Well, when it is an official bridge opening that doesn’t leave the bridge, well, open. The structure had been due to open on February 21 (well, technically it was due last year before the first delay...) so I suppose today’s ceremony would, on that timetable, have been a formal way to mark an already open shiny new bridge. It was nice to see Park Academy pupils get their chance to perform the act though - we shouldn’t let our natural cynical grumpiness marr their day in the sun. Patience is a virtue after all so we’ll just have to wait to be let loose on the bridge...

*David Cameron and his cabinet hot footed up to Aberdeen for a meeting this week. We all know why he was there but it did get Sentinel thinking about the merits of taking meetings ‘on tour’. There’s a common gripe for Boston folk about Lincolnshire County Council running the county empire from its seat of power in Lincoln. Whether or not you think that’s fair it has to be said that key decisions on roads, libraries, school and more do get made out of the reach of us here in Boston. Why not follow Cameron’s lead and hold the odd county meeting in Boston? Not just Boston either - all district and borough council bases could take a turn. That’d give people chance to go along and air their views locally and go at least some way to addressing the calls of a Lincoln bias. Maybe then a few councillors would get an insight onto the merits of a bypass too...

*Speaking of libraries and the county council - the authority’s leader bore the brunt of criticism from Public Libraries News’ editorial. Coun Hill claimed the people taking a judicial review out against the decision to cut the libraries budget should foot the bill themselves. Yes that’s right peasants - behave yourselves, keep quiet and abide by the decisions handed down by your lords and masters won’t you? Safe to say Public Libraries News isn’t too impressed with his suggestion. Sentinel reckons Coun Hill should have the courage to stand by his policy and defend it rather than worrying about cutting off a democratic path for protestors to take...

*The ‘no comment’ crew at Edinburgh Woollen Mill might be woolier on detail than the clothes they sell but the emergence of a ‘to let’ sign might suggest continued fears for its future are no without foundation. Let’s hope they deign to tell us all something soon...

 

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