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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: 4th March 2017

Thirty years ago I was a newsreader and though I did not write the material I was aware of how stories were 'manipulated' and this state of affairs has in my humble opinion got far worse.

Look at the Media Hype over the shortage of and expense associated with Broccoli, Courgettes etc.  Well last week over two days I visited  Tesco, Sainsbury and Waitrose  stores.  There was plenty of Broccoli in all the stores and it didn't seem to be more expensive than usual.

Then we read all the dreadful press about the N.H.S and our Hospitals - and yes there is a problem - too much demand and expectation and not enough staff or funding - but having recently been a day patient at a hospital which has received more than its fair share of adverse publicity, I saw none of the problems we so often read about.  The area of hospital which I visited was clean, and  the staff were courteous, kind and helpful.

I understand that much of the problem is in overcrowding in A & E but much of this is occasioned by the habitual drunks and druggies and people abusing the system by going to A & E because they cannot get an immediate appointment with their own doctor.  Whatever happened to self reliance - do we live in such a Nanny state that we really do believe in everything being done for us?

Nearly two decades ago I was rushed into A & E at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital suffering from chest pains and almost unable to breathe.  (The cause was never identified)  After an hour my pain subsided and I couldn't help but listen to conversations going on around me and one in particular has remained in my memory.  It was obviously an habitual drunk who was being treated in such a kind manner by the nurse/orderly who obviously knew the man quite well.   Afterwards I asked why nothing could be done for this unfortunate person and was told that, in the old days, there would have been somewhere to which he could have been sent but today there is nowhere and he has his cuts and bruises attended to and then goes back on the street.

Next to me was a foul mouthed woman who was cussing and swearing at the people who were trying to help her.  Again she was an habitual drug taker and quite a regular in A & E.

In one area I do think 'they've got it wrong' and that is in all the 'paper qualifications' which nurses need these days and very often at the expense of the 'hands on' treatment and relationships they used to have with patients.

A few of my regualr readers have written to ask why I'd not written any blogs for a while - I haven't really done anything interesting enough about which to write but there are a few items in the diary for this coming month.

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