NOBODY will deny that ensuring patients are safe from the threat of infection during their time in hospital is one of the most pressing challenges facing the health service today. And the fact that 115 cases of hospital superbug Clostridium Difficile have been reported in Sheffield so far this year, well above the annual target of 134, is cause for genuine concern.
We are assured that local health professionals are getting to grips with this particular bug and have seen a 70 per cent reduction in the number of cases since 2007. However, new statistics show that this progress is to be found wanting under present circumstances.
However, readers will be amazed to learn that the answer to shortcomings at local level is for Whitehall to fine local hospitals for failing to hit their targets, beginning with a whopping £500,000 penalty..
All this will achieve is to deprive already hard-up health services of money?
If there is a failure to deal with this infection, that should be tackled and solved rather than taking money away from health services.
Drivers should follow the rules
READERS should not be panicked by figures which show that two thirds of Sheffield’s fleet of taxis failed safety inspections and a fifth of them were temporarily banned from the road.
The tests are by nature extremely strict and high standards are set for taxi and private hire vehicles. And some of the failures could have been for what many would consider to be trivial infringements, such as not having the appropriate stickers in place.
But there is cause for concern that the number of test failures is so high and may suggest some drivers do not pay proper attention to their vehicles. We hope this disclosure acts as a wake-up call for drivers who need to be reminded that the rules are there for a reason and should be followed to the letter.
LACK of discipline in schools is blamed for much of the anti-social behaviour blighting our communities. And that is why the General Teaching Council decision to censure a local teacher who physically held on to an unruly pupil to stop him leaving the classroom will be seen as another nail in the coffin of common sense. Their view, that the pupil should have been allowed to walk out, will embolden other like-minded, disruptive pupils - and send shockwaves through the public at large.