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!




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