NHS; the good, the crazy and the comm’s overload

So I’ve not been posting for a while. I always admit that this thing comes and goes like our bloody weather. But I’ve had an excuse as I’ve been under the weather a tad. I posted a few weeks ago about a painful back/chest condition which necessitated a visit to my local A&E where I was diagnosed with something called costochondritis – an inflammation of the breastbone area. It was nothing too serious and I was prescribed with painkillers and ibuprofen. But after 3 weeks I felt no better, in fact the pain was worse. In the meantime I received a letter from Chelsea And Westminster Hospital Trust, who handled all my cancer surgery and chemo treatment and follow up, that due to a change in Trust guidelines, my colonoscopy procedure scheduled for 20121 had been cancelled. Nothing more than that other than if I had issues I should take it up with my GP. Oh, thank you and good night.

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It’s the little things that drive you mad

Well after 100 days the Premiership resumed last night. As Jack Bruce once sang, I’m so glad. But it was a strange experience ¬†wasn’t it without spectators? Yet another thing this bloody crisis has shown the true value of is the humble fan. Without them turning up in there 1000’s at quite ridiculous costs, the spectacle just isn’t the same. The skill and artistry is all there but the critical ingredient in making the event exciting is not the sodding tv coverage after all but the passionate fans. Maybe now the clubs will appreciate them more. Nay cherish them. Nah it’s not going to happen is it? Continue reading

Lyrics

I think you known I’m not afraid to speak out if I see any failings or injustices. It’s just in my nature. But I should also admit that my recent postings have been quite gently-themed. I do get annoyed by stuff and rant about it but always fear that too many highly-opinionated postings will categorise me as a narrow-minded reactionary. So I’ve tuned back on the political commentary of late. But one news item has landed recently which has troubled me enormously; the death of George Floyd. It was an awful, awful situation. And it has generated some extreme commentary, not all of it helpful.

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May Day

Well time’s marching on and we’re into May now. Boy I’ll be glad when this is all over and we can visit people again and talk to each other without a plastic screen between us. Hey ho. It’s another showery day which does nothing for my mood as you know. But I had to smile when I came across this Facebook posting from a local Brackley chappie celebrating May Day. He must have been out very early into our local market square as it was posted at 5.45am. Wow. He’s obviously a cheerier soul than me. I pass no judgement other than to say enjoy Neil’s performance!

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Test data

 

So it appeared from yesterday’s briefing that the number of daily tests went up from just over 50,000 on 28th to more than 80,000 on 29th. Blimey that’s an astonishing 60% increase in a single day, a huge jump, but I didn’t catch a single note of comment on it. That’s a massive leap forward in achieving Mr Hancock’s target. But not one bit of hoopla. Odd? I just hope they aren’t doing tests for the sake of delivering a number such as compulsory testing for all army personnel. I’m not saying army people aren’t important (and I just made that idea up of course for the sake of context ) but let’s just pray these new tests are being carried out on people who are in greatest need of them – frontline staff, new admissions, key workers and their families, recent victims previously untested etc. Continue reading

Politicians

I’ve been browsing around Facebook and other social media and been pleasantly surprised by the number of postings from folks who are generally very supportive of what people are doing in the current pandemic. I don’t just mean praise for NHS front line and care workers, support staff, supermarket people, refuse workers, lorry drivers and all the many folks who are keeping essential things going for us all. I’m also talking about the large number of postings in praise of what our Government is doing in the face of this dreadful virus. Wow.

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Downcast

Well how long have we been cooped up now? It feels like around 6 weeks since the Gov’t imposed a non-essential travel ban and asked us to stay indoors except for critical needs, and if outside to stay apart from others by 2m and to wash hands thoroughly and regularly. And we’ve sadly lost over 20,000 people in that time. There are some signs that we’ve passed a peak in cases of the coronavirus but we’re looking at several more weeks of this aren’t we, if we’re honest?

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