I was watching Prime Ministers Question Time today and I got the distinct feeling that all is not well for the NHS. It has grown so large and the hospitals so big, too big in fact to be run properly. The cottage hospitals may have been small but they did an awful lot to help people and were the right size to keep clean and healthy. Nurses took pride in their wards and hospital and were not to proud to do the nursing of the sick. Now a days all they seem to want to do is be junior doctors and sometimes their attitude is uncaring, it’s as though the patients are a nuisance.
Once upon a time going into hospital was a safe thing to do, no MRSA or other infections, today the hospitals are dirty and you are more liable to catch something than get cured. A sad sad comment on the state of the NHS and the people who run the hospitals especially when you compare them with European hospitals who often do it on less money.
The thing is, we used to be held up as the best in the world what has happened? What will happen when this government starts to cut spending and staff? Will it be the managers who go? no it will be the nurses and support staff, people who do the cleaning the low paid jobs on wards and in clinics.
On the subject of support, one thing that came up in the commons was about the Friends of the hospitals . These are hard-working volunteers who work tirelessly for the benefit of their hospital and raise money to buy equipment such as scanners, x-ray machines, etc., things that by rights the Government should be providing after all they run the NHS and as such it is their responsibility to ensure that hospitals are well equipped. If it was not for these wonderful hardworking people I hate to think what would the NHS would be like. The other side to this is that when the Friends hand over their piece of hard-worked for equipment, the NHS can close their hospital dept and put that piece of equipment into another hospital and hey, what do they care they didn’t pay for it and that is what sickens.