Jewel in our Crown!

The NHS is our Jewel

There is absolutely no doubt, in my mind, that the NHS is the Jewel in our Crown!

Turbulent times in the NHS

My experience, and that of many friends, has been that the Paramedics have been fantastic and so good with the patient. The doctors and nurses in the hospitals very attentive in their care. The problem most have experienced is bad management.  Communication between different sectors can, at times, be non existent.

Why is this? It would appear that  non-medical management have much to answer for.

The other day I was speaking to a qualified recently retired Sister. She trained at  St Thomas’ London then moved to another city for many years.  She is sad that discipline on the wards has gone and that supervision, by qualified staff, is going out of fashion. Of course the days of Hattie Jacques in the Carry on Doctor Films are long gone! BUT a strict senior medically trained person who has the respect of their juniors makes for a smoothly run ward, in her opinion. Pride appears to have been sapped out of this amazing profession. Her last comment was  “Common Sense no longer exists”.

Today’s news that further funding is to be granted to the NHS is great! My hope is that people who understand the medical needs of the population are given the responsibility to determine the best use of these funds.

A friend who is in a bad way and has had to have carers in, at great cost, because she is virtually bedridden.   Unfortunately the carers had no understanding of her condition. They admitted they had only had the three days of mandatory training. One spent six hours with her and never spoke to her or even offered a cup of tea. He only gave her the lunch prepared by her husband, aged 86.

These are the same waters as above but running smoothly!

Now she is in a Nursing Home where the cost is not significantly more for 24 hour care. Guess what? They have a Matron who runs this Home with a rod of iron.  Patients and staff understand the rules.  I was so impressed and delighted that such a modern place like this exists. The most important fact is that my friend is getting the care and respect she deserves after having worked so hard all her life. She is as happy as can be.

Please let common sense prevail. Spend wisely.

Happy Seventeenth Birthday!




“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 


Be Healthy – But you are living too long!

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My father at 100 years old!

Here we are- all getting older! OK so we are not allowed to smoke  – kills us – no alcohol either, because it damages our livers with death just round the corner! Don’t eat too much  – obesity kills.  Just don’t  die! Oh yes we will give you a pneumonia vaccination to stop you getting the old man’s friend.

Wait a minute!

We are living too long, they say. Pension funds are out of cash. Sorry can’t afford to have you on this planet – you are causing so many problems forgetting to take your pills – needing help with menial tasks – all costs we cannot afford.

Excuse me? Where is the logic in all this?

The last straw was indicated to me a few days ago. I have tried to keep fit – yes walk every day with my Fitbit on, making sure I do the 10,000 steps recommended. I rarely drink,  love my fruit, overweight yes, but never need a doctor so have not been to one for a few years.  “Ah ha”, exclaims a neighbour. “If you haven’t been to your surgery in the last five years you may have been struck of the surgery’s patient list.” Research indicates this to be the case across much of the UK.


Yes you have it right! They only want patients who are going to increase their income! Not sure that was a requisite  in the Hippocratic Oath!

“The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.”  William James Mayo


Keep healthy and enjoy the week. Luckily my surgery is pretty old fashioned and I still have a doctor!Iphone Jan 2016 226