Letter to the Editor: Now the NHS is so short-staffed that it cannot even help all of us who have health concerns to get treatment on an acceptable time-scale.

Why is this happening?

Why would people rush to get themselves diagnosed with dementia? 

A lot of us oldies are coping with our disabilities well. Consider this: You would lose your driving  licence for a start, and even if you are not currently driving, it is a useful and acceptable proof of your identity. 

And anyway a lot of elderly people are much better drivers than the younger ones, and have responsibilities to others.

Tell you what though – you will be able to get dressed up and go and sit in a hall with a lot of old people who you do not know and have a piece of cake and maybe some music and a raffle.

Ann Onny (Ms), Forest of Dean