Do you think things just suddenly got this bad? No. People have been trying to speak out about what is happening for years, the problem? Either the
news doesn't report it, or people are that apathetic they simply glance over the reports in their local papers. Ignorance. And lets be clear this is a
local issue. You cant change big government, certainly not by complaining to big government. What has happened at Stafford Hospital is an abomination
and symptomatic with what is wrong with the NHS. People more concerned about keeping their jobs that doing their jobs. You would think one had
something to do with the other but no. And it is not the fault of the NHS, but those running it.
The Bean Counters.
Let me tell you a personal story.
I had an accident at work. The end result was a snapped cruciate ligament. No lateral stability in my right knee. Waiting time, 3 months. Not bad for
free. The three months drew to an end and I got my appointment. Not bad so far. So I arrived on the day, 7am, nil by mouth. We were told that there
were no beds available and we were directed to the "staff room" until a bed was available (within the hour).
The patient exiting the ward had "psychological Issues" and we were informed that transport was enroute. Fair enough I thought. The hours ticked by.
Staff came on shift and off shift, leaving there belonging in an unlocked locker. Handbags, coats ect. Under my seat, and all around the room, were
patients confidential files, their medical records. Everyone who was booked in the day before, on the day and the next day. I was astounded. I counted
3 different violations, and I'm a layman, Human Rights, Data Protection, Common Law. Unbelievable.
When asked about the presence of the files I was informed "we do not have a filing cabinet to put them in." After 6 and a half hours I still had no
bed and problem child still had no transport (it was snowing ffs roll eyes ect), and you can only read so many 80 year old's records before they all
start sounding the same, so I said to the person occupying the nurses station "Im Off, and I shall be making a complaint" and made it pretty clear
that I was utterly disgusted by the fact they took such disregard for other peoples private information, including my own.
When I got home I rang the surgeons secretary and gave them a piece of my mind too. I stated that it was completely unacceptable that patients
confidentiality was of such low priority. I requested the first available appointment (we live less than a mile away and I was willing to accept
cancellations, short notice, as I was off work due to this and couldn't afford to be). I was not about to be drop kicked to the back of the waiting
list due to their incompetence.
On the 2nd day (less than 3 weeks), the day I had my surgery, I got there at 7am, nill by mouth. The staff room, empty. The files, on a trolley and
me, I had a bed waiting.
I required 2 arthroscopics to determine the extent of the damage and full reconstructive surgery taking part of my hamstring to reconstruct the
ligament in my knee.
When I had been taken down to the waiting ward for surgery, the surgeon came and thanked me. Why did he thank me? Because I put up a stink. I spelt it
out for them in no uncertain terms how incompetent I thought they were. Not the nurses, not the surgeon, not the hospital. THE SYSTEM. And he agreed,
he said so himself..Even he, a surgeon, a talented man indeed, cannot do squat to change things from the inside.
The vast majority of people in the NHS, they want to do a good job, they want to care for you. It's further up the food chain where the rot sets in.
And they are the ones who literally get away with murder while blaming their subordinates in the process.
Don't expect someone else to bring change to you. It is up to you (and your community) to change things.
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