LETTER: Centralising services to blame for NHS mess

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THE BBC news on December 20, was full of confirmation that A&E departments can’t cope, and are failing to meet any requirements.

Every featured broadcast was also full of recommendations (excuses), like go to your doctor, go to your walk-in, go anywhere but A&E.

There is no mention whatsoever about the fact that this problem began with centralisation, which amounted to ramming two (or more) essential local facilities into one remote venue.

Surely it is simple arithmetic that if you force two facilities into one the chosen one will be twice as busy.

The automatic overload (failure) of our ambulance services, too, can be back-traced to that cheap and nasty idea to centralise.

Bring our services back now.

The mess created is clear, present and dangerous.

Keith Fisher,

Formby Close,

Hartlepool.