Do not worry over operation

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It appears we British taxpayers are now funding African dictators’ multi-million pound property portfolios through foreign aid payments to their countries.

can I draw readers’ attention to the jewel in the crown of the NHS: the Northern General Hospital.

I recently had heart surgery at the Chesterman wing and wish to thank all the staff involved at the hospital.

The understandable apprehension you have before the operation is greatly helped by the information given at the Medical Education centre from both professionals and the Friends of the Hospital, who have all had various operations themselves and were able to allay a lot of my fears held before the operation. No doubt the rest of the hospital is run with the same efficiency and care.

I hope this helps anyone facing an operation.

CS Watters, Station Rd, Bawtry

Seek advice on solar panels

Alan Parkin (Aug 2) asked for advice about whether he should fit solar panels to his house and, if so, he wondered whether he should do this independently or through one of the businesses offering free installation.

I am sure he is not the only person considering this. I’m also convinced he is right to think carefully about this before he leaps to accept ‘free electricity’.

I wrote an article about this issue recently, which is on my website www.clivebetts.com

There is some excellent independent advice on the issue provided by the Energy Saving Trust at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/

Clive Betts MP, Sheffield

South East

Foreign aid should be stopped and an inquiry set up on its use

It appears we British taxpayers are now funding African dictators’ multi-million pound property portfolios through foreign aid payments to their countries.

For instance Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso owns 16 of the most luxurious houses in Paris, yet his country is among the biggest recipients of foreign aid.

Thanks to Cameron and Clegg, this year it receives £133 million from Britain, rising to £258 million by 2015. Ali Bongo, president of Gabon, owns at least 39 properties in Paris and Teororo Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, owns an entire six-storey period building on the Avenue Foch.

The list is endless, Zineal-Abidine Ben ali of Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and even Colonel Gaddafi are on a list that anti-corruption groups Transparency International and Sherpa are handing over to Paris prosecutors. The £8.1 billion we give away in foreign aid will rise to £11.4 billion by 2014, yet public spending is slashed to cut our deficit.

The Con-Dems take money from our young and old alike, tax hikes and people thrown out of work.

Overseas aid should be stopped forthwith and Cameron and Clegg should show a lead by setting up an investigation into the use of our hard-earned money instead of leaving it to the French. But don’t hold your breath.

Terry Palmer, Hoyland