EUROPE: Not a choice of health or EU

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan claims we send £350million to Brussels each week and this is enough to build a new hospital.

In actual fact, we receive an instant rebate of £5billion straight back to us. We also have £4billion returned in the form of payments to our poorer regions and agricultural subsidies.

Of course, being in a farming family, she should really have known this.

That reduces the cost of what we spend on the EU by half of what she has said.

She should also be aware that the £350million may build a hospital, but it certainly doesn’t staff it or maintain it, and make people better.

Why even suggest the building of a new empty shell of an effectively useless hospital every two weeks?

This creates a false choice – that of being a member of the EU and that of living a healthy fulfilled life. In reality both are possible.

Many economists argue that any ‘efficiencies’ being made in the NHS are an unnecessary part of an unnecessary form of economics; that of austerity.

The NHS is a British asset I am proud of, as I am to be living a country and continent with opportunity, trade, protection and investment.

Creating such arguments to leave the EU lowers this very important debate.

Peter Edge,

Rugley Road,

Alnwick

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Cake’s just as I remembered

May I thank Georgina Robertson of Alnwick, R Dixon, and the Reid family of Rothbury for sending me copies of Ruby Baker’s chocolate cake recipe.

It is as I remembered, delicious.

Mrs D Shell,

Main Street,

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