Valuing our Workers

Over the past few weeks, in amongst all the pain and suffering there have been many very uplifting stories of what people have been doing.    Perhaps the most striking one has been that of Capt Tom Moore, the 100 yr old former army officer who raised £32 million for NHS charities in the days before his 100th birthday.  Yet the words of a 42-year-old supermarket checkout manager have lodged in my mind just as clearly.   She said she felt so proud that she wanted to go back in time to tell her school headmaster about the important job she was now doing during the corona virus pandemic.   "I've never been more humbled to be a front-line worker, it’s a beautiful title’’. Continue reading

Birthday Blues

 

At the beginning of its 70th year the NHS has hardly got off to the happiest of birthdays what with 12 hour waits to be seen at A&E departments, patients yet again lying on trolleys in corridors, cancelled elective surgery and staff leaving their jobs in alarming numbers because of low morale. And to that add the news also that we have pretty mediocre cancer survival rates compared with other western countries. Continue reading