Help Save YOUR NHS!
Doctors, nurses, technicians, physios, patients, etc. The NHS belongs to YOU.
It is NOT free – Your taxes pay for it. It’s OUR money that pays to run the service.
I don’t know whose idea it was to hand over the NHS to politicians. But politicians are supposed to be OUR servants, so let’s make them earn OUR taxes in 2012.
Whitehall gossip says La La is only kept on because apparently he gave Cameron his first job in politics. Moles in the House say backbenchers are starting to regard him as tedious.
However, the Health and Social Services Bill will be rolled out to the sound of loud drums. Some time this year. So before the foreseen problems start to bite, make sure you have made your position clear and have your potential treatment and care set up.
Here’s what YOU do
- If you work IN/FOR the NHS, phone the whistleblowers’ line if something is wrong: o8000 724 725
- email Andrew Lansley what you think need sorting out/changing : email@example.com
- Or, if you live in his constituency write to him as your MP
- If you want a reply, write to your MP asking him/her to pass this on Lansley. If a Minister receives a letter from an MP on behalf of a constituent, they HAVE to reply.
- Ward Sisters should exert their authority and get rid of time-wasting useless paperwork. When I went into hospital as a Teenager, Sister ruled the ward. She would have sent back any paperwork that didn’t provide a beneficial outcome for patients – along with a stern warning not to waste her and her staff’s time.
What happens when Bill is released?
Whitehall Watchers say it won’t work, and are saying it will quietly be dropped, but not before patients will have found even more problems and restrictions. Whoever is next Secretary of State for Health will have lots of headline-grabbing opportunities to overturn it. This won’t do any good, but will keep officials so busy they won’t have time to upset doctors by appearing in wards for photo-opportunities when they are not wanted. So hopefully those who know what we want will be left alone to get on with providing it.
Nothing will really change except waiting times; they will get l o n g e r and l o n g e r (sorry, I don’t believe that New Year is time to pull wool over eyes).
If you belong to the BMA, Royal Colleges, Confed, NAPC, Alliance or any other Union, etc. ask; ‘what did they really do for me last year?’ Did all the sabre-rattling and media opportunities gain anything? As the NHS is saving 20% of its budget, are they cutting subscriptions by 20%? If the answer is ‘no’, maybe you don’t need them and could save your sub.
Demand for NHS will go up. So isn’t it time for the NHS be frank?
Maybe (don’t read the rest of this sentence if you are of a nervous disposition), think the unthinkable, and the NHS should start to charge for some services. If someone doesn’t turn up for an appointment, selfishly taking up time that could have been given to another patient, charge them a fee BEFORE they are allowed to re-book. Unless they have notified you in advance to cancel.
Patients should be told how much each NHS procedure costs THEM. There is this assumption that the service is ‘FREE’. It is NOT, but people have the idea that the NHS Good Fairy distributes its largesse willy-nilly.
Treat Patients as valuable market researchers
Hospitals MUST involve patients more. When they moan about waiting times, get the Receptionists to ask them to join a Patient Forum. It is disgusting that so few hospitals have such a thing, believing PALS will do the job. Perhaps if some CEOs talked to patients they would hear of new and innovative ways of keeping down waiting times, saving money, etc.
And get hospitals to publish budgets for each and every department. Encourage patients to help staff save money (you would be surprised what might happen).
And forget Cameron’s knee-jerk reaction to the reports that nurses don’t have time to look after patients. They don’t, but major reason is all the form-filling they have to do – and now Cameron is suggesting yet more of same. Instead, hospitals should adopt Roy Lilley’s brilliant, simple suggestion:
He needs three clear-plastic Boxes stationed by the entrance door to every ward and clinic of every hospital and surgery. They are marked ‘Fabulous’, ‘Fair Enough’ and ‘Frightful’. Every patient should be given a red token and every visitor a green token and on every visit, they should be asked to pop their token into whichever box they think is right. No forms, no data, no audit just commonsense. www.nhsmanagers.net
Staff must do their bit too
Ask yourself this simple question, “Is this good enough for my family?”
If it’s not, fix it.
If you can’t fix it; tell someone who can make it good enough for your family and theirs.
If that doesn’t work; tell La La direct. He’s paid a lot of money to put patients, not politicians, first.
Don’t be like the Hospital Governor I met at Nick Clegg’s first hospital ‘Consultation’. She moaned to me about appalling treatment she had had in an upstairs ward. When I could get a word in edgeways, I asked “what did the hospital say?” With a look of horror, she replied, “I couldn’t possibly tell them – I’m a Governor”.
There are far too many people who just want the kudos of saying ‘I’m a Hospital Governor’. If they don’t work on behalf of patients, chuck them off the Board and invite on some patients.
And remember, if YOU don’t do anything, we end up with the NHS WE will deserve – apathetic, badly-run and one of worst services in Europe.