A view from the Bridge

AN alarming survey by a cancer charity has indicated that hundreds of people could be missing out on important medical treatment because they find it too difficult to make a doctor’s appointment.

Fear, embarrassment and worry over wasting the GP’s time were other reasons given for avoiding help.

The research was carried out by Cancer Research UK in October and November last year to establish how people react when they develop symptoms of illness.

It follows an identical study two years ago and shows the number of people who said they had difficulty making an appointment increased from 36.7 per cent to 42.7 per cent.

I know from my own experience that the prospect of a visit to the local surgery is a bit of a daunting one, but the situation can’t be helped with the additional problem of finding a suitable appointment time.

It is concerning to think that what should be a simple task of arranging an appointnment could be putting people off seeking help for a serious symptom.

IN other news this week, it looks as though the saga of the smouldering fire at an Aberdeenshire recycling centre could be nearing an end.

Local residents have been calling since last summer for the authorities to take action to deal with the deep-seated outbreak in material at the New Deer plant.

However, experts have consistently maintained that it should be allowed to smoulder undisturbed in the interests of public health and the environment.

But all that changed this week when the multi-agency group decided on a visit to the site that the burning material could now be safely tackled in stages. and eventually put out.

The reaction from nearby residents was delight mixed with a bit of “why did it take so long?”. Hopefully, their wait will now soon be over.

I COULDN’T help but feel a tinge of sadness with the passing of actor Richard Briers.

Loved by millions for his years in the 70s television sitcom The Good Life, Briers was someone a lot of us grew up with on the box.

Tributes, not surprisingly, have flooded in for a wonderful actor described as a “national treasure” and a “gentleman”. He was a man who was guaranteed to make you smile.