Long-term plans needed

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THE Alzheimer’s Society has shown that cases of dementia across South Yorkshire are growing at a worrying rate, with an extra 600 people being diagnosed with the condition in the last 12 months.

This brings the total of dementia sufferers in the county to a sobering total of 3,621 registered cases.

However, the society warns that this is probably only a fraction of the true picture with thousands more cases of dementia sufferers being undiagnosed in our communities.

Against that background, surely it is a time for our local authorities and health organisations to consider their role in dealing with this growing population of vulnerable and needy individuals.

This is particularly the case in Sheffield where the city council has announced proposals to decommission three homes, Norbury, Bolehill View and Hurlfield View, which provide specialist dementia care, with the intention of allowing the private sector to fill the gap at less expense.

We cannot help but feel that this is a short-term answer to a long-term problem.

Good lesson for others to learn

CONGRATULATIONS to all involved at Sheffield’s Meersbrook Primary school for helping to raise standards. But particular praise needs to go to the staff, of course, who have worked hard and with clear dedication to bring about the improvement.

When Ofsted inspectors last visited the school, they found room for improvement. But following their latest inspection, the school has seen steady progress in almost every department.

With overall progress in city schools below acceptable levels and the city scoring poor ratings on national league tables, Meersbrook shows that the trend can be reversed at an individual level, to the immense benefit of pupils.

Surely the way this school is setting its own standards and helping pupils is a good example for other city schools.

A new use for C02

ONCE more we lead the way in harnessing the inspiration of science to benefit the needs of our modern world. For experts at Sheffield University have come up with a method of extracting the oil secreted in algae and converting it into a usable fuel. They use micro-bubbles to float oil from water with a system now to be tested using C02. And that could be even bigger news if we have found a profitable use for such a harmful by-product of today’s world.