Oooh kaaay, so how's that going to work out for us in the future, say, fifty years from now? Well, how's that working out for Europe? How's Britain's NHS doing, 60 years after its founding?
How about we ask a UK NHS Doctor for his opinion?
I still do work for the National Health Service (NHS), although not full time. Over the years, and especially the last few years, it has become an increasingly depressing, target driven, soulless place. When I re-read [George Orwell's] 1984 recently, virtually every page resonated with the type of management nonsense that rains down upon us each day. Particularly the way that language is distorted into meaningless ‘party’ slogans.It sounds like the Good Doctor is an Enemy Of The State™ and needs a dose of re-education, good and hard. So what did he think he was getting in to, anyway?
One thing that particularly sticks in my craw, are the pictures of happy staff members that adorn various PR brochures.
When I opened it, I found that this was a brochure informing all nurses, and doctors, that we would have to pay considerably more money into our pensions. In addition, we were going to receive a much lower pension, at a greater age, than we had been told we were getting in the past. Oh joy, oh joy.
I would have said the picture on the front cover was ironic, but NHS management do not do irony. We are continually exhorted, in a ‘Unite workers of the Soviet Union’ sort of a way, to be smiling and happy in our glorious tractor factory. A frowning worker is a worker who clearly does not love the party with sufficient fervour. A frowning workers needs re-education.
I wanted to help old peopleBut hey - this is Britain, right? Can't expect them to be civilized, what? Never happen here, old chap. I mean, lesser breeds from lesser climes, what? I say, it looks like your Pim's is empty - Bar Man, another round if you please? Do be a dear ...
I got frailty assessments on incomplete information
I wanted to diagnose the cause of acute confusional states
I got dementia screening on frightened old people at 3am
I wanted role models to inspire me
I got multi-source feedback forms
I wanted to teach the next generation
I got work based assessment emails
I wanted to keep people alive, safe and comfortable
I got the four hour target, breach reports, and observation wards to fudge the targets