Never ever allow me to hear a bad word said against the NHS again!
For so many our cherished NHS and the wonderful people who manage it have been the only means that ordinary folk have had to access professional Health Care, unlike too many of our politicians who likely enjoy the benefits of “private” health care. It would be a fascinating exercise to one day conduct a poll to find out just how many have sunk their funds (no doubt drawn from their MP’s “expenses”) to pay for private health care whereas far too many of us poor lot are entirely dependent upon the NHS for any form of professional care whatsoever. Moreover an NHS that has been stripped of resources by one successive Government after another! Consequently, once they’ve secured their “Mandate” from us “they” decide our hard-earned cash can be spent elsewhere, like, for example, Iraq or Afghanistan. And it’s ALL OUR FAULT because we were stupid enough to vote them in. If there’s no other reason whatsoever such a crazy system is sufficient for us to Demand a fairer way of curbing the “mandate” of these politicians who, at the end of the day, should be no more than “Administrators”! Surely there can be no more compelling reason for all of us to Insist upon a much more representative method of political representation than that which prevails at present! I can speak on this with some authority simply because I too have recently had cause to avail myself of this wonderful service, a service where professional folk, Trained folk, actually Do Care and Genuinely Want to help – but can’t because our so-called “leaders” have spent our money elsewhere! Yep! I too have recently had cause to avail myself of the NHS and have been appalled to discover just how stripped down it has become! Strapped for cash and with just one person to deal with multiple situations – virtually simultaneously! This is simply not acceptable! And so I decided to publish this as a genuine photodocumentary project – complete with a few semi-covertly obtained images! (That’s the photographic connection just in case anyone misses it!)
One of the apalling abuses (or so it seems to me) is that of the porters. Some may consider them of little consequence although they perform the invaluable task of transporting patients from one place to another in the hospital. So I calculate that they must walk miles in the course of a day. “Naturally,” I comment “you must get given a shoe allowance as part of your uniform” “Oh no,” they reply, “unless we remember to include it in our tax code then we have to pay for them ourselves!”
Another is that of the nurses and other ward staff. They appear to work a minimum 12 hour shift with an extra (or so it seemed to me) 20 minutes or so changeover period. And yet they are not even given a free lunch. They have to pay the hospital back for it. Out of their own pocket! Bloody disgusting!