posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 01:59 AM
So I'm going to go in to a rant about this last week, which somewhat sums up the state of this country.
So, first fo all on to Social Services and the NHS.
My In-Laws have suffered with health problems for years and in March of this year my Father In-Law suffered a stroke, followed by a heart attack and
more recently has had to have his leg amputated (the reason being an operation in his leg a couple of years ago was done wrong and so left him without
proper circulation). Now I can go in to failings with regards to my Father In-Law's care, but to sumemrise;
He was passed between three seperate hospitals for a number of weeks before being diagnosed as having a stroke.
He was not fed and instead left food on the side during meal times because of failings in communication meant that nurses assumed he could feed and
drink for himself, he then suffered with severe dehydration.
He was often in soiled underwear that was constantly picked up on between our visits, but nobody did a thing about, so we had to change him
ourselves, every single time.
Note to London residents on this board - Never go to Kings Hospital at Denmark Hill!
Now to skip over the Social Services mess up, which was basically not taking in to account his true state post recovery (he has never fully
recovered) that then allowed him to be released home with no home help to a wife who suffers with a heart condition, COPD and is on oxygen more than
she is off of it, the NHS policy of treating patients as numbers is truly disgusting and when you had to that zero internal communication, below zero
patient family communication (most of which is done by staff who speak English as a third language), that is what is happening with the NHS and
Social Services. Needless to say there was an emergency within 48 hours of release, that resulted in me raising hell with Social Services and them
"re-assessing" the situation concluding that he needed nursing home care.
So I thought it was a one off.
Fast forward to this week, at present Father In-Law is still in hospital following his leg amputation. Mother In-Law's health has rapidly declined
and as such she now cannot feed herself, cannot wash herself, cannot basically do anything. She was taken to hospital Monday after collapsing at home,
the hospital released her the same day without any tests. The same thing happened yesterday, the paramedic even said the NHS is failing people left,
right and centre, so she has been admitted and is currently in hospital.
We contact Social Services to sort out home care and are told that due to her condition, she is not eligible for any as no amount of home care would
help. She would also have to go on to a long waiting list to even be considered for nursing/residential home placement. Therefore, even though she
cannot look after herself, she is basically left to get on with it.
Surely that breaches Social Services duty of care, let alone her own human rights? Apparently not so! This country expects you to pay in to it and
then retire and die and so that the family can't look after you, those of working age have to work and work and work and do the same! Yet as always,
if we didn't work, we'd be better off, it doesn't matter how totally unsustainable it is, its better not to work!
On to work. I can't go in to specific detail on a public forum about cases and incidents, but I will say this;
It's got to the point where I think at least half of Police and Police staff want out, that's a conservative estimate as to be honest, not one
person I have spoken to wants to stay. Policies are being brought in by people familiar with running a food retail outfit, yet these "consultants"
are on six figure sums and the policies unworkable and to be honest, will eventually open a can of worms or should I say a flood gate, that could be
like nothing anyone has ever seen before! Work practices are being implemented that quite frankly, take the Police back about 100 years! There used to
be set procedures, now people only follow them if they ahve time! Imagining that when finding a dead body...I'll leave it at that!
The internal politics is getting to boiling point that now officers just want to get their shift done and leg it out of the door, because there is no
overtime and nothing more for it, allowances have been cut, paying more in to a pension but getting less for it, how does that work? The job, instead
of fighting crime, has become just that, a regular job and it's never been a regular job, because fighting crime in not a regular job!
There were days that you could be away from home for literally days, because you wanted to solve it, catch the filthy b*****d that murdered or raped
or kidnapped, you wanted him off the streets. No, that's gone now! I can't blame them, the streets are becoming ever more violent, there is no
respect externally or internally anyone in uniform be it a copper or a paramedic, people may say the police have brought that on themselves but unless
you have working knowledge of police procedures, you can't say that. At the same time, the people that will suffer from an ever increase in
lawlessness is the general public, so whatever people's personal opinion of the police are, it won't do much when you're looking at the point of a
blade or the barrel of a gun. As a functioning law enforcement body to protect the public, the police are on the verge of collapse.
So when you add to this the state of employment in this country, schools and the battle for school places, housing shortages, private rent cost
increase, general cost of living increase, salary decrease, waiting lists for everything, even to see my GP I now have to make an appointment a month
in advance even going to open surgery does not make it certain that a person will see a doc, even then the docs are awful now, the calibre of GP has
dropped through the floor. The calibre of everything has dropped through the floor!
I just don't know where this country is going, it's cutting welfare, which I agreed with, but now I hear of immigration doors still being open,
money still being wasted abroad and the money saved on cutting the unemployment benefits, still not going to average workers, well to me that's just
doing nothing but making us all poor.
Labour come in, spent all the money and wrecked this country in every way, then this shower get in and cut so much that its almost amputating
services and sectors of this country, as well as incomes of average workers! The biggest concern, is that its like this across the planet, the only
difference is the sky high level of taxation in this country in relation to what we get out of it, is totally messed up!
This is just a rant, but I'm sick of ranting, when does it end, when do we say enough is enough, when will workers be in power? I know in my heart
it will be never, but we're losing ground every day and I just hate to think where we are all going to be in ten years from now.
I guess there is good reason to keep our cars, they'll probably be our homes come then. yet will it take that before every Brit says enough is
enough? Every worker of each country to do the same? I guess it's a long hard road ahead, but judging how this country treats people from infant to
elderly, there is little light ahead.