To Wigan Post
Our NHS is in the grips of its worst crisis in years with patients being urged to stay away from A&E, yet disgraced heart specialist Doctor Gohar Rahman is still on the payroll despite serving a 12 month ban for assaulting his teenage daughter.
Whilst his generous salary is still being paid in full, the trust will no doubt be struggling to fund a replacement, meaning our hospital will be under even more pressure and patient care will consequently suffer as a result.
Doctors such as Gohar Rahman, who are unfit to practice and essentially struck off should have their pay suspended until they are cleared and ready to return to work so replacement staff can be hired to take their place.
Louise Bours, MEP
Wigan council have announced that fortnightly waste bin collections are set to be reduced to a three-week rota.
Like some kind of Bad Santa, Lord Peter Smith has delivered this troubling news just as the families of Wigan were just preparing for the festive season.
He claims that the council needs to make budget savings – might I suggest that if the council spent less on politically correct billboard schemes and glitzy corporate branding, it might not have to make these cuts in the first place.
Residents dutifully hand over their council tax each month and in return they expect, and need, to have their rubbish bins to be emptied at least fortnightly. What next? Will council decide to save more money by making it a monthly collection?
Louise Bours MEP
If the allegations in the press last week that Wigan Councillor, Robert Bleakley has not only run up a £2,400 bill on his local authority mobile phone; but also sent a number of vile, sexist text messages are accurate, he should do the honourable thing and resign his seat.
Last elected in May 2012 for the Liberal Democrats, Bleakley has now had his council mobile taken off him.
Sadly, local voters in Tyldesley cannot remove him until 2016 when his term is due to expire. If only voters had the power to recall their elected representatives if they were proven to be unfit for office.
Perhaps it is time for Wigan Council to draw up a new code of conduct that councillors must follow.
In the meantime they should deduct £2,400 from his allowance in order for his phone bill to be paid out of his pocket, not ours.
Louise Bours, UKIP MEP for North West England