IT is an extremely difficult decision to place a loved one in care.
But with an ageing population this is a decision people are making more and more.
However,not all of the elderly are treated with the common decency they deserve.
This week the Observer reports how frail Ivy Bellamy has been hospitalised twice in four months while in the hands of carers.
We shouldn't forget those who always go beyond the call of duty but we need to ensure this generation has a better attitude to those in care.
Good quality care requires funds for staff who have the knowledge, skills and incentive to deliver it.
A carer's role should be an honourable profession with their pay increased to account for their invaluable role in society.
To let a generation of men and women suffer in our borough during their final years would be shameful.
Cash cow TV
THE extra million pounds raised by fining drivers for moving misdemeanours raises serious questions about the use of cameras to monitor traffic.
Over 13 months, an average of 41 motorists a day were being caught making an illegal right turn at one busy junction in central Harrow, generating an estimated £980,000 for Harrow council.
The number of people being caught shows the signs obviously aren't adequate.
If Harrow council seriously believed cars shouldn't be allowed to enter Station Road from a certain direction then you would think officers would be deeply concerned that so many drivers broke the rules.
Looking at the figures, it is hard to see this camera-monitored 'no right turn' as anything other than a cash-cow for the council - and a badly signposted one at that.