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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.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Date: 20th January 2013

CONFIDENTIALITY

I don’t know if it is a kneejerk reaction to the very unfortunate incident last year with regard to the suicide of the nurse in the ‘Kate’ and the Australian journalists incident but surely ‘confidentiality’ has gone too far when you cannot get information about your own mother.

Mummy had some falls on Sunday and was admitted to a hospital. When my stepfather informed me he gave me very inadequate information with regard to her condition. After a whole hour trying to get through to the Ward – information gleaned from Social Services – I finally got a person who hardly spoke English and was then put through to someone else. On explaining that I was her daughter and asking for an update on her condition, I was told that I was not entitled to the information despite being her daughter. If they had asked me a few simple questions like what was her birthdate, her maiden name – or her mother’s maiden name which I could have furnished surely I had a right to know. (Had she been someone famous I could perhaps understand the caution)

I was then told that if I wanted to know her condition I should come to the hospital. I live a 2 hour journey away and snow was threatened. I didn’t even know whether she was being kept in and whether a journey would be fruitless.

Surely Security has gone too far. But then that is what you get all the time these days – a Knee Jerk reaction to most situations which vastly inconveniences the silent majority. I sometimes feel as though we almost live in a Police State with all the checks, the CCTV cameras etc. This country no longer feels like a democracy.

I’m happy to say that Mother is now back home but she is very frail and I fear there will be more falls.

Au revoir. Jan
 

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