LETTERS From Dennis Sibley, Newport:
READING the County Press, it saddens me to see how far from its roots the Island’s hospice has come.
I began working there as a trained nurse from the day it opened in 1982 and stayed until 1995. In the early days it was focused on patient care — there were no managers without medical or nursing experience, and no fiscal worries that I was aware of.
But all of that has changed so I don’t envy the role that Tina Harris now plays as the big, bad, wolf of the hospice.
Unfortunately, the further away you are from the bedside of those who need the care of the hospice, the less you realise how your decisions make a real difference to those who depend upon the care the hospice provides. Islanders care very much about the hospice because we know we may need it one day.
I would like to think that compassion matters more than money and Besley’s cartoon last week expressed it perfectly.
• More letters on this topic in the Friday, October 4, County Press.