EDITORIAL

Sorry to be so late with New Year greetings,but here we are at last. We meant to be back last week but were defeated by two things – acute (!) staff shortages and acute news shortages. But now that everyone is briskly taking on 2018, both these are looking up, and we hope we can keep up with all the news that’s in the neighbourhood.
It looks as if the big issues of last year will still be the big issues of this year: housing (lack of); adult care and of course the NHS. We’ll try and keep up with the local impact of these major problems – and any solutions which may be inching forward. (Didn’t like the app for advising the homeless where they might find accommodation – unless free smartphones are thrown in.) Better ideas must be out there.