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HOSPITALS THUMBS-UP

A STAY in hospital is always a worrying time for the patient and their family. But our anxieties should be eased by the Care Quality Commission’s verdict on the NHS Trust which runs Sheffield’s major hospitals. The watchdog found that 98 per cent of those surveyed thought they were treated with respect and dignity during their stay. That is heartening for any of us who will be treated at the Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park or Jessop Wing. We can also be re-assured that the hospitals are clean because that was the verdict of those surveyed. The doctors, nurses and all other staff involved in providing care must take great credit for this. It means we can feel confident that should we need hospital care, we will be in good hands.

COPING WITH PUPIL BOOM

GETTING a child into your school of choice is a stressful moment for any parent. So it is pleasing to hear that Sheffield Council provided extra primary places at four city schools to cope with a boom in child numbers. Such measures have meant 89 per cent of pupils received their first choice of school. In a city the size of Sheffield, that is an excellent achievement and will be a great relief to so many pupils. The trick now is to sustain this rate so we are glad to see the council is monitoring population rates. Having got to such a good position, it would be a poor show to let it slip.

SOLO POLICE

OUR police face a difficult enough task without having to worry whether they will be adequately protected when they attend a job. The attack on PC Glen Hill in a Rotherham pub is a case in point and has led to calls for better ‘risk assessments’ before bobbies are sent out to jobs alone. These need to be done rapidly by experienced officers to ensure none of their number faces the nightmare which met PC Hill. We hope lessons have been learned and that force bosses react now.