I would be very interested to learn the responses of all those who wish to be our next MP. I am 70 years old and have had agonising ear ache since the end of March. My GP has had to refer me to a specialist at Worcester Hospital. He wrote on April 18 and the first appointment offered is 3 months hence on July 18.

I have worked all my life, paid National Insurance and made financial provision for my old age. If I go privately I can have an appointment within 3 working days (incidentally with the same consultant).

My only consolation is that the condition is not life threatening but, as can be imagined, it is having a devastating effect on me.

Christine Noons