I have been listening to the news and once again the Pensioners are in the front line costing so much, pensions are too high, they are using the hospitals, blocking up wards, nobody wants them….
Why are people living to long and thus putting a strain on the National Health Service, and why is the NHS spending too much money having to look after them. So I have had an idea which will perhaps reduce the cost to central and local government.
The fact is that we older ones – and yes that includes me – have worked hard and paid into the system over a 50 year period. But the real fact is that NO government invested the monies that were paid by us for our pensions and health care is not our fault, just bad management on their part. So why should we be picked on to hide their miss-management over the last century.
The NHS has become the dumping ground for all of societies ills and also papers over the cracks in every failure that successive governments refuse to face up to.
Many people are now working later in life I know of seventy year olds driving London buses because of the financial burden on them especially in London. They are more than capable of working in a full-time job and a lot of them prefer to work keeping in contact with friends, this could be extended for many elderly people who wish to remain active.
Looking after those elderly people who have lost the ability to manage on their own and been dumped on the NHS. Many wards are now blocked up with aged persons who have no outside support or relatives to help them in the later stages when all they need is care and some help doing the basics of life. If local authorities supplied premises and a basic staffing much of the work load could be taken on by elderly persons who only need some company or a place to live.
Old age can be a very lonely part of life if families do not wish to take on the responsibility of caring for them. A home where the people living there can be the clients and the customers fits the bill. Fit and healthy elderly people know that in the future being with someone who cares for them and treats them like human beings instead of items blocking up other people’s lives, is important. So let the old folk look after the old in a compassionate community not hidden away in Hospitals or privately run homes so that someone can make a profit out of them, because they are the ones it affects.
Governments need to utilise all of societies qualities, there are so many good people out there who can make a difference. If Central and Local government got together with Age UK many of the problems would be solved by the people it concerns most.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc