OBSERVER: Let’s have some good old fashioned matrons

Opinion
Opinion

It seems that Pilgrim Hospital is due to be in the news on a regular basis: if it’s not complaints about treatment (or lack of) received by patients then it’s about the way staff are struggling to keep up with the influx of patients during bad weather.

It seems that Pilgrim Hospital is due to be in the news on a regular basis: if it’s not complaints about treatment (or lack of) received by patients then it’s about the way staff are struggling to keep up with the influx of patients during bad weather.

The latter is something we hear about almost every year but it seems to be getting more problematic. There’s always explanations from ‘experts’ about the reasons but until the hospital, and the county in general, is better funded then things will only go from bad to worse.

I was reading recently that claims have been made regarding the NHS in general – and the number of levels of management in the service. No doubt those pretty near the top will be on quite good salaries, compared to those at the business end of the service.

In my younger days I remember we had a hospital board in Boston, made up of ‘worthies’ of the town making decisions in consultation with the matron, she who ruled with a ‘rod of iron’. We never heard similar complaints to those we hear now: no high salaries, just people getting on with the job of providing a service to the town. I don’t doubt for one minute that we mostly receive a good service now but, as some have already said, isn’t it a pity we don’t have old-style matrons?

Lincolnshire County Council has suggested a 1.9 per cent increase in the council tax paid to them. So it would appear they would prefer to bring a little more money in rather than rely on the grant to keep tax down. Their report points out that if they went above 1.9 per cent a referendum of taxpayers would have to be held.

So can we perhaps hope that the borough council might also decide to increase the local tax by the same amount? I bet there’s no chance when there is an election this year! It seems they will be content to let the town gradually go into decline. And now there’s even more shops becoming empty – if anyone is looking!