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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 20th February 2017

I am sick and tired of all the criticism, marches and demands of the Government with regard to the N.H.S.

When I was born there were around 58 million inhabitants in the UK - in the last decade alone the population has grown by 4 million to 65 million.  At its inception the N.H.S was formed to deal with relatively simple ailments, broken bones, tuberculosis etc.  Over the last half century medical knowledge and expertise has grown beyond imagination.  

The N.H.S. is now expected to deal with highly expensive and intensive treatments of Cancer and other life threatening illnesses whilst also dealing with Sex Changes, IVF etc. and so forth.

The Government does not have an orchard of money trees which it is too mean to shake and gather the fruit.  It is our taxes which pay for the N.H.S. and also for those on Benefit.  There is not an endless pot of money.

I do feel that there are far too many Bureaucrats in the N.H.S. and not enough people working at the coal face.  In the past, I've had experience of being in hospitals under the watchful eye of the Matron - you could have eaten off the floor, visiting times were limited, and everything was regimented and worked like clockwork.  Matron was the equivalent of the Sergeant Major in the Army - she was God.

Throwing money at the N.H.S. is not going to solve the problem of over administration and Trusts which fail in their duty.  How often do we read of Trust executives on huge salaries (larger than that of the Prime Minister) who fail and yet sail off into the sunset with a handsome payoff and a large pension pot and sometimes they then re-enter the system.  

If we expect so much more from the N.H.S I believe that we should have to make a small contribution when we receive treatment - a contribution based on our financial circumstances with the poor and long term sick receiving treatment for free.

And I return to my Blog a few weeks ago when I asked why we can't have ID Cards - that might go some way to halting or at least cutting down on Health Tourism.

I am also tired of the constant Bashing of the N.H.S by the Press.  Typical of the Media is when they promote an unfortunate story and make it appear as though the whole of the N.H.S. is riddled with incompetence.

Kent has had it's fair share of Media bashing.  I recently needed a minor 'procedure' at the QEQM in Margate.  The ward was spotless and the staff couldn't have been more kind and helpful.  I don't know what my procedure would have cost because my days of paying for private cover are well behind me but I would imagine it must have been somewhere in the region of £2,000.  

As a freelance worker I paid into Private Medicine from 1969 until 4 years ago.  If I needed anything done I had to choose my moment because if I didn't work I didn't earn - and actually I was paying twice not only the regular  N.I deduction but also the payment into the private scheme.  And I stopped because as one gets older and possibly needs more treatment, the costs of private cover rise exponentially and I am no longer working regularly (unfortunately??- I love working because it gives me a sense of purpose and the feeling that I am still worthwhile)

Where the Government could be spending our taxes more wisely would be in making it a more attractive proposition to encourage people into the professions of nursing and medicine.  And I don't know if doctors have to sign some sort of indemnity that they will give back years of service in exchange for their highly expensive training but if they don't, they should have to instead of qualifying and then going to pastures new in places like Australia.  If we are training them, surely they owe the country and I feel the same about  foreign doctors - many of whom come from countries which desperately need them to stay put.  You can't blame people for wanting a better life but whatever happened to integrity.


I wrote this before I bought my Saturday 'Mail' .  As I've often said I don't buy a paper during the week - all too depressing and I rely on my weekly copy of The Week which dessiminates news from around the world.  I buy the Saturday Mail because I like the Weekend Supplement which sets out the TV programames so that I can easily choose what to watch and, more often than not these days, not to watch on Mainstream TV.  I don't have to wade through who is having who's baby or having the latest breast enhancement or who is cheating on who - I can read interesting articles about mainly interesting characters.  However the paper is worth buying just for the Saturday column written by Dr Max Pemberton who writes without fear on subjects many of us would be too scared to talk about.  

And today he happens to have written about the crisis in the NHS and the unrealistic pressures brough to bear on the service including his views on IVF for same sex couples.  I know they are isolated cases and are made to look as though they are happening every day but there was the recent case of a girl who wished to be a boy and was being given treatment on the NHS.  But then he/she was told that there'd be no more help in the way of IVF funded by the N.H.S if that was a requirement later on.  So what did he/she do - temporarily stopped the hormone treatment, obtained sperm online and self injected and there he/she was, in a two page article, proudly displaying a pregnant belly .   Has the world gone mad - I rather think so.  Having a child is not a 'Right' - it is a 'Privilege'.  It is difficult enough bringing up children in today's topsy-turvy world without being the product of a knock on the door and the handing over of sperm.  Poor poor child.

I really do not think the majority have any idea of the huge cost of treatments and medication.  We have too few beds and an ageing population - how often do we read of the 'bed blocking aged' who can't be sent home because there is no one to care for them. Nothing can alter the fact that we are an ageing population with the attendant failure of health which goes with age.  We, the elderly have paid in all our lives to a system which in so many cases can be used and abused by folk who've not contributed a penny or who have come as health tourists to take advantage of our advanced and 'free' service.  Enough said!!!!!!!

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