Hospital staff were simply wonderful
I am writing to make public my appreciation of the staff on Ward 14 children's ward, in the Balmoral building at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Our newborn son was recently admitted to the ward following a dangerous loss in body weight and high sodium levels.
During our stay the care we both received from nursery nurses and nurses helped us to recover as quickly as possible.
We were treated with dignity, humour and understanding and always left feeling that we had choices and that the staff would support us and our decisions as parents. I particularly appreciated the humour used by a nursery nurse named Jacqui to calm me during the first difficult night of our stay.
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I also wanted to pay special mention to a nurse called Kim who was a font of knowledge but also listened to my fears and hopes in life, and even shared her own.
I cannot commend the care in Ward 14 enough. Finally, I want to mention the other parents in the ward for their fortitude in dealing with the most terrifying of challenges: the illness of a child.
Luckily for them, they can truly experience caring at its best.
Jessica Standen, South Wigston.
So, it would seem this council is hell bent on making this great city a student campus. The new flats that will be built on the old bus station is another "blunder" from the planners.
It will be interesting to see how it fits in with the surrounding environment.
Wayne Manship, Leicester.
Amazon has been selling its e-books with VAT at three per cent, which has given it an enormous advantage because it has forced British publishers to cover the extra costs of levying VAT at the regular 20 per cent, as just been revealed in the national press.
Now, the European Commission has given Amazon 30 days to put its VAT up to 15 per cent on these products. You see, VAT is an EU tax and the minimum rate is 15 per cent, right across the EU.
The question is, how has Amazon been getting away with it for so long?
Answer: It is registered as a Luxembourg company which has VAT at three per cent.
How has Luxembourg been getting away with VAT at three per cent in defiance of the EU 15 per cent minimum?
Answer: Luxembourg is a founder member, central to the EU, not to be upset.
A level playing field? Don't make me laugh. That is just for the British media.
Derek Clark, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.