Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Stitching and rigging in the local press

It's a stitch-up, blasts Gidley as elderly pensioners in Hampshire find their evening classes axed.
Mrs Gidley said: "I don't have a problem with money going to those areas to help.

"But because you don't live in a deprived ward doesn't mean you don't have needs."

MP accuses health chiefs of rigging figures - as previously reported by GidleyWatch.
Romsey MP Sandra Gidley claims Southampton Primary Care Trust - responsible for front-line health services - tipped its doctors off about what was supposed to be a random survey.
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Mrs Gidley, a former pharmacist, has now accused PCT bosses of "fiddling the figures".

She said: "It is totally unacceptable although I can understand why they did it because they are under enormous pressure to meet these targets.

"But is makes a mockery of the whole system when something is manipulated in such a blatant way. It makes you wonder just how many times this is done with surveys."

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