Sunday, October 05, 2008

No Comment!

Bluto and Popeye with their mouths gaggedAnd on the subject of “Safe in their Hands”.

There have been occasions where contributors to the Red-i forum [not so much a "forum" these days] have had their comments rejected, only to submit them here and be published. That’s the thing about the internet. You can’t silence people who want to say something, they will find a way. So, it is really depressing when you find a blog that does not accept comments at all. One such is the Ilford South Labour Party blog and their latest post is about the National Health Service, along the lines that under the Tories waiting lists were 18 months and now under Nu Labour only 18 weeks. This sits neatly along side a “Save Our Hospital Rally” banner in the side bar. This would be the Hospital built some 13 years ago by the Tories to replace an out of date building and now run by one of the six worst-performing Trusts in the country, and we are led to believe, highly likely to be downgraded to a polyclinic within the next 3 years. The Trust is now £90 million in debt.

So, this is your chance to comment – please do! I wouldn't mind a wager that this site gets a darn site more traffic than they do and I suspect some of them pop in here from time to time.


  1. Add to that the fact that we are now one hospital down in the Romford area, given that Harold Wood and Oldchurch Hospitals were closed to make way for Queens

    + the huge increase in house building in the last few years, meaning far more people to treat

    + the fact that follow-up visits to hospital have been cut back to the detriment of patients' health (see recent article in GP magazine PULSE)

    and you can sort of see why Mike Gapes doesn't encourage comments!

  2. To give credit where it is due, the NHS is v.good at dealing with emergencies - heart attacks etc.

    It is the routine non-emergency side where they fall down. The staff look demoralised and under pressure, and nobody seems to care much about doing a good job, especially when it comes to simple things like cleaning.

    The headline figures may reflect trends such as more people choosing either not to enter hospital or going private for fear of MRSA or worse.

  3. Yes, Anon.

    Readers of Weggis’ blog will know that I have recently been in hospital for an operation, the first time since the 50s when I had my tonsils out as a child. Memory is sketchy but the experience was not dissimilar. There were very few visitors, and these were mostly confined to the visitors room, the cleaner [an elderly gentleman with a pony tail] came round twice a day and cleaned the ward thoroughly. The staff looked contented and smiled. They seemed happy to be working there, were delighted to be of assistance and available. Prior to admission appointments were on time, tests were scheduled in with no waiting, and I was offered an admission date within days. I delayed it at my own choice.

    This was a private Hospital.

    In between my two visits I have been a visitor on numerous occasions to patience [sic!] in the NHS. Frankly it sucks. I don’t believe it’s the fault of the front line staff but the look on their faces tells the story. They are grim overcrowded places.

    Medical care in the 50s was not as sophisticated as it is today but standards seem to have dropped off the agenda.