Lister House, Kingsthorpe
105 Boughton Green Road
Northampton NN2. 7.SU.
John and Lynette Derbyshire.
15 Chestnut Street
New York. USA.
My Darlings John & Rose, Nellie & Daniel &
Thank you very much for your letter & contents received today, very generous & much appreciated. John, Judy is away, but she'll put it in the bank when she gets back. I've written to the D.H.S.S. but nothing from them yet, I expect they are closed till Tuesday or Wednesday. I've been so worried about you all, I feel so helpless & useless. Everyone asks after Nellie, every day. I am sorry Rose you are having a bad time at the moment I hope by now things have improved & Nellie returned to her happy little self. You are all in my mind every waking moment I don't understand the American system of health care, especially for children but it's getting almost as bad here. On TV & in the newspapers the public are urged not to call Drs out over Easter & to get medical supplies from the chemist to see them through the Easter break. I tell the "girls" here with young children not to hesitate & take them to casualty unit at the hospital if they are worried at all. Life with little ones is hazardous enough. The last time I had the Dr, 2 weeks ago, he said everything I complained about was age related. I know that but with all the talk of the scientific age today I thought more could be done to ease parents' anxieties about their little ones It makes me so cross to be fobbed off with some of the stories I hear & read about. Come back old Jimmy Kirwan, a very abrupt Dr but a very caring one. They don't come like him any more. Nurses here are expected to do many things Drs used to do. I believe the surgery at our Dr's is now a very palatial place, more clerical staff than ever. More captains & less privates Where will it all end. I hope when my time comes, they'll let me go quietly & peacefully. Let us old ones go & look after our youngsters. Here I go waffling on, Peggy says I should be in politics. It's election fever here, each party digging up dirt about the other. I've cancelled the Daily Mirror today it's full of overpaid & oversexed footballers & so-called pop stars that screech & scream with vapid faces & stupidity Where are the Nelly Melbas & the like. I do go on don't I? but I sit here with my thoughts past, present & future for my children & grandchildren Love you all very much. Be happy. Love & care for each other. Your devoted
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- Parliament was dissolved March 17 and the election held May 1. The Labour party won by a landslide, ending 18 years of Tory governments (Margaret Thatcher, 1979-1990; John Major, 1990-1997.)