RECENTLY I went to Fairfield Hospital for a CT scan and overheard patients - some had been there for two hours - being told that the scanner had broken down at lunchtime (it was then 3.30pm).

They were told that it would be the following day before the engineer could attend and that they would therefore have to have new appointment times. I thought such a delay was disgusting.

What is happening to all the money that is poured into the NHS? A friend of mind, an in-patient, asked for ice cream after his evening meal and was told they had run out - and that was on a Monday morning!