In reply to today's news about waiting times for the NHS

Published by: Maureen J on 27th Jun 2017 | View all blogs by Maureen J

A Tale of Two Doctors

Two patients limp into two different doctors’ offices with the same complaint:

Both have trouble walking and may require hip surgery.

The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second patient sees his family doctor after waiting three weeks for an appointment. He waits another eight weeks to see a specialist, when he gets an x-ray, which is not reviewed for another week. Finally he has his surgery scheduled for six months from that time, pending decisions regarding his age and remaining value to society.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?



The FIRST is a Golden Retriever taken to a vet. The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.



  • LJ E
    by LJ E 1 year ago
    Yes Maureen I can see the point you are making. However, the vet's fees are a private matter. The NHS fees, are paid for, in taxes, by the majority of the population and have to be stretched to cover the ever increasing costs of running the organisation.

    I could list a hundred and one things that I believe would help in alleviating some of the costs, and consequently making the NHS a more accessible, and 'healthier' organisation.

    When the NHS was first set up by Aneurin Bevan in 1947 the population, and life expectancy, was much lower. Although there has always been financial constraints and difficulties, it is nothing like we have now.
    Technology and medicine is far advanced and life expectancy is much higher. The population has vastly increased and each one of us calls upon the NHS to help us during our very much more than three score years and ten.

    The NHS is not fit for purpose any more....sadly. And it will take a considerable amount of bashing together of heads, to knock common sense into those who run it, to make it work like a well oiled machine.....An organisation that is back on its feet and not stumbling on its knees.
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 1 year ago
    I had two MRI scans within a few weeks of each other yet I was made to wait another five weeks to be told I had Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis...I had actually posted on my American forum on the day I was to be called in and told that, I I felt positive on the news as if it was something serious, no one would make me wait this long to tell me so, well wrong.....

    Yes our fur friends are also put out of their misery, not our easiest choices to make, but none the less they do not have to suffer any more distress or pain....anyway, that's another debate than can go on and on....
  • Maureen J
    by Maureen J 1 year ago
    I remember that my late husband, a hospital consultant, was very supportive of the NHS. He stated on more than one occasion, that there were too many 'chiefs' wandering around offices and not enough 'indians' on duty on the ground. We need more medics and nurses and far fewer admin staff - especially at managerial level. The whole system has become too complicated; like a tapeworm devouring itself in ever decreasing circles as it attempts to cut costs.

    The concept of the NHS is brilliant, but it cannot be run on a shoestring. Medicine and equipment have developed at an enormous rate and we may well have to bite an unsavoury bullet; it's all going to cost more and we will have to contribute more during our working lives. The sad fact is - fewer people are able to find work as automation supersedes the human element in the workplace. A vicious circle indeed,
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