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To important for bias.

Have you ever wondered how you view life?

How we each have our own unique way we understand, commute things.

How our own life’s experiences relate to our understanding.

I was once told by a detective that there is nothing more confusing than eye witnesses. How five people could watch the same event unfold yet describe it back in extremely different ways.  How bias and expectation could change how they saw things.

I’m seeing this greatly today in the current political sphere especially around the subject of the NHS.

How people who have never had to use the Health service or only once in a blue moon are falling for the Conservative facade of a failing system.

I’m so tired of reading that more money won’t save a failing system or the biggest myth that doctors are asking for unfair contracts.

That privatisation is the only way to save our healthcare.

Bullshit and lies.

On July 5th 1948  Aneurin Bevan launched the first NHS hospital, his philosophy was simple. A service paid for by the people through taxation but all healthcare given freely at the point of delivery. The cost through taxation was to be fair as people would pay according to their means.

It was and still is one of the greatest achievements of any government here in the U.K. The NHS saves lives every single minute of every day. The Doctors and nurses work tirelessly and are often under appreciated for the wellbeing of everyone.

When a patient turns up on a surgeons table, he doesn’t stop to ask before he makes his incision to check the man can afford his fee, the surgery costs. No he works hard to save or to give a better quality of life.

The midwife preparing to deliver a baby doesn’t check the financial wellbeing of the mother. No she is too busy checking the physical wellbeing of the child and the mother.

A life is a life, one is not valued above the other and that’s the way healthcare should be and should stay. One for all, free at the point of delivery.

Let me tell you about my experience of the NHS. I was actually one of those people that moaned about waiting lists, moaned about crowded GP Surgeries. I was healthy, my children were healthy it was easy to moan from position of healthy privilege.  Then suddenly my world changed. My beautiful daughter became a regular visitor on the children’s ward. Nurses started to become my friends and Doctors became literally her life savers.

The NHS started to extend into my home, prescriptions, medical equipment, Physio things needed to help keep my daughter well, help keep my daughter alive.

Not once before an emergency seizure medication was given was I asked for my bank details. Not once did they turn around and say “I’m sorry you cannot afford this”.

Because guess what, I wouldn’t have been able to.

Already this year Doctors and nurses have saved the life of my son. They worked through the night, standing by his side. Oxygen, high dependency machines.  The NHS continues to work to keep him well, only today did our wonderful community nurse come to take bloods and swaps.

Our NHS is something that here in the U.K. we should be extremely proud of. Privatisation doesn’t work, I only have to look to other counties for evidence of this. Insurance companies refusing to pay for treatment, disabled children going without equipment, because rules have changed and what was once entitled is no longer considered necessary.

Privatisation works for those that can afford it. It’s as simple as that.

Our NHS is not dying it is slowly being strangled by those that wish to exploit the system for their own personal gain.

Those that do not care about people just pound signs.

I’m tired of seeing photographs and reading stories of people being left in corridors in hospitals waiting for treatment.

Does this happen?

You Bet.

But it is not because a system is failing but because a government will not fairly fund the system. We are not running out of beds because they are all taken up by asylum seekers, there are beds. Wards and wards are being left empty simply because the government will not fund the staff needed to keep them open.

This is the truth, the government are risking lives for no other reason than to force a public service into privatisation. So that the services can be slowly deemed as failing and the only option left is for the white knight of a private company to come in an save it. A wolf in sheep’s clothing.  No private company can offer a service without a profit its as simple as that and profit always has and always will come at someone’s cost.

Our cost, the millions of people who work day after day to make ends meet. Who though no fault of their own find themselves in need of treatment.

Our NHS has probably been there for most of our lifetimes. It was there when we were born, when our children were born. When we have needed it.

Now it needs us.

It needs us to drop our biases and work together to save it.

It needs all of us to realise that one day we may need to use the NHS to save our lives and to fight now to make sure when that day arrives it is still there to do so.

Doctors, nurses, medical staff all need to know that we stand beside them. That we are not falling for the right wing media hype that the crisis is their fault, mismanagement, lack of compassion, egoistic junior doctors.

We need to stand together to fight against the lies that the NHS is dying and fight to save it and restore it.

 

10 Ways To Support Your NHS from the NHS Support Federation 

1. Sign the NHS supporters’ pledge
If you haven’t already done so, please sign our petition – and encourage your friends and family to as well.

 

2. Lobby your parliamentary candidates
Contact your MP and other parliamentary candidates. Give them key information and ask them what they are doing about it. MPs use the content of their mailbag as an indicator of what the public care about. Sending them a letter takes a few minutes using our platform, or you could make an appointment to see them. Alternatively use our lobbying tool.

 

3. Follow us on Twitter and help spread the word
Retweet links to reports and infographics. This is a good way of highlighting key facts on funding or privatisation and getting others involved in doing the same. start a ripple and watch it spread. Join in with mass tweets where NHS supporters collaborate to promote a single message.

 

4. Join a local campaign group
See if there is a local NHS campaign group in your area, to join and help protect local NHS services.

 

5. Help as volunteer researcher
You may have just the skills we need to gather and analyse information. Contact us if you have some time to help us with internet or desk research, james@nhscampaign.org
6. Distribute campaign materials in your neighbourhood
Print off a supply of campaign flyers and post them around your neighbourhood. If you feel like talking to people, then ring or knock before you leave the flyer. Some NHS supporters set up stalls in their local shopping centre or railway station to talk to residents and collect support. Try and encourage people to visit this website, find out more and to sign the NHS pledge.
7. Distribute our campaign materials at work
Email links to the facts and NHS news that stand out the most to your friends and wider networks, it will help to get their attention focussed on what’s happening and why. In a more traditional way, feel free to print off pages from our website to copy and circulate them.
8. Write your local paper or take part in a radio phone-in
The letters page is one of the best read parts of the paper so can help to let local people know what is happening to their NHS. Use the briefings and key statistics to help you. Don’t just shout at the radio, why not phone in them and give them some of the facts.
9. Ask your trade union branch to affiliate
If you’re a member of a trade union, encourage your local branch to affiliate to our campaign.
10. Donate to our campaign
We rely on the help and generosity of NHS supporters to run campaigns and organise research. We are an evidence based campaign, so your donation will help to establish what’s happening and to get it into the media and then to the public.
Setting up a direct debit is particularly helpful as this can help us to plan, research, and coordinate our campaigns more effectively in the longer term. However, one-off donations are also gratefully received and used  to protect the core principles of the NHS.

We cannot stay silent anymore, we need to be asking questions of this government, demanding that they protect our NHS. If we don’t speak up now it will NOT be there when we need it.

 

 

 

A wonderful resource 

Having a child with complex needs means I often get to spend more time that I would like in hospital. In fact over the years my local hospital has felt more like home than my actual one. Livvy spend weeks at a time causing chaos on the children ward. I have some incredible memories of my time on ward some which are painful but others full of laughter. We were so lucky to be surrounded by first class paediatricians and nurses and not forgetting the support workers. They all made what was often some of the scariest times of life less fearful. 

Medicines and treatment are only one part of the solution when it comes to getting children well. They need a holistic environment that relaxes and reassures them allowing them to heal. 

This Is why I was so happy to be at yesterdays official opening of the new Paediatric sensory room on Ward 21 at the Walsall Manor Hospital by the Deputy Mayor.

I actually didn’t spend anytime on ward 21 with Livvy, she didn’t hang around long enough to visit on the new children’s wards. But the old Canterbury Ward was a place we spend many a week. A place where my youngest Brodie spend many a hour in the playroom whilst the nurses cared for her sister. She spend hours being occupied by the wonderful play support staff whose passion for the children they support is evident in all that they do.

Conversations spoken 15 years ago of wishes for a fully functioning sensory room today got to come true and I honestly don’t think you could have seen happier staff than those there today. Such well deserved pride.

The sensory room is perfect it’s going to be a place where children can relax and recover. A place where children with extra needs or not can escape the confines of the ward to a little place of harmony. Healing the soul as the doctors heal the body. 

I can personally attest to this as thanks to my visit on ward with my little man a few weeks ago we got to experience first hand what a wonderful resource this sensory room will be. He absolutely loved it. What’s even more special is the fact that the ward now also have a portable sensory unit which means that this resource can be brought to the beds of those that cannot visit the room. Those hooked up to machines or oxygen, they too can have a sensory experience at their bedside.

At the opening yesterday I was joined by a family that have walked life’s journey with me. A family who I met actually on the old children’s ward, a family who have become my family. Livvy and their handsome Ryan met on the children wards over 13 years ago and became the closest of friends. We share so many memories of them together, memories that light up our lives and fill us with joy when we recap on them. They simply were double trouble, but both of them were such great gifts to our lives. 

It was so lovely to be there yesterday and imagine our two in that room. Climbing over the equipment, loving all the lights. Both really benefitting from this amazing resource. Whilst it was nice to be lost in our memories for a while just watching the children play yesterday warmed our hearts. This sensory room is going to bring much joy to this current generation of children and hopefully many more. I know we will personally love using it if ever little man decides to visit again (please not for a while). It truly is a special place and well done to all those that tirelessly campaigned for such a resource and a massive thank you to all those that donated and fundraised towards it all.

Of course we don’t want to stop here, Walsall Paediatric unit still have a lot more that they would like in place to offer the most holistic environment for the poorly children that crosses their door. Their next wish is to revamp the waiting area in the paediatric assessment unit. A place where children are often unwell and frightened. The first point of course on their journey or stay. How incredible would in be to have a interactive waiting area that could occupy children as well as distracting their fear. I know this would be so amazing for both the children and their parents.

If you would like to support this next venture please get In touch with Georgie the fundraiser at Walsall Manor give her a call on 01922 656643 or email her @georgie.westley@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk let her know that this is the project you wish to support. Please tell her I sent you so that she knows where you heard about it. 

It is so hard when children are ill, unlike adults they don’t often understand why and what’s happening to them. This is why the environment they are treated in matters so much. This paediatric sensory room is going to be a wonderful resource in reducing this fear allowing children the space they need to aid their healing. So thank you Walsall Manor Paediatric unit for all you have done and for all you do in keeping our children well. 

So very thankful 

Sitting here in a hospital bay with a poorly little man is sending me on a journey of memories. Endless nights of observations, temperature checks and the general hustle and bustle of a hospital ward. I am so thankful for the wonderful NHS and all it’s amazing kind nurses and doctors and ward assistants and cleaners, yet I miss my Livvy. 

I remember as if it was yesterday how she took over the ward, how she charmed doctors with her cheeky smile and how her laughter infected the nurses. The handsome Physio who melted her little heart. There is nothing more special that watching your daughter play coy with the man that makes her work hard to stretch and bend. Even having chest Physio was ok as long as it was with the cute one. I’m smiling to myself right now because I remember when the handsome Physio had a trainee with him a lovely lady he told her how to work on Livvy yet he never expected Livvy to be a stubborn, obstinate little minx she would have none of it, she turned over in her bed and refused to even look at this poor trainee. Five minutes later the handsome Physio came to check up on his trainee and well wow there were the smiles and arms wide open ready to work again, what a madam

I feel her close whilst I’m here, I don’t know if is just the memories or the fact that it’s quiet and I’m allowing my mind to wander. But I feel her. I can sense her laughter, her joy for life. As I sit here and watch her new brother sleep I know she watching over him. 

This hospital had been the place of many awful memories but it has also blessed me with some wonderful ones and some wonderful ward mates that became dear friends. How I wish A was here with me now, how I long to spend the night talking and giggling until we got told off by the nurses. We put the world to right over those camp beds. It’s New Years tomorrow how I wish Ryan and Livvy were causing us trouble and drinking my wine. Love you A and your beautiful family. 

It’s a weird night and it could well be a long one. But I am so thankful for the wonderful NHS, how now whilst I may be wallowing in my memories they are caring for my little man. Working hard to get him well and home. I am watching him sweet talk the nurses with his beautiful smile. Pulling his tubes and giggling.
We are moving forward making memories that are different from how I planned but that’s life I guess 

Yet whilst my heart will always have a missing piece I am so thankful for all I have in my life. 

So very thankful. 

Change has to come 

I’m writing this waiting in the emergency room at my local A & E. I am actually shocked at how stretched the services are. I am sitting in a communal room with one man who has had a heart attack another that’s been attacked and a girl who is simply out of it. I am lucky I have been given pain relief and I’m coping but some of these people are not. Yet they have no privacy, no where to be in pain without an audience.

It’s so wrong I’m watching nurses and doctors run themselves ragged and still no where near catching up. 

My heart breaks for the NHS right now. Cameron and his cronies are doing everything in there power to destroy what was once was the pride of Britain. 

I’m sure there hope is to leave us with no choice but to privatise services. Which is the worst thing we can do . How many people in the UK right now cannot afford to eat let alone pay for medical insurance?

Something has to change and we the people need to stand up and say no more. 

This isn’t want the conservatives promised the elective. This is in fact far from the promises they made. They just cannot be trusted anymore. Enough is enough. 
I am simply devestated watching people suffer tonight. 

Simply devestated just like our NHS.

  

Stop talking crap about the refugee crisis.

I’m getting so tired of reading ill informed opinions on the refugee crisis. People who live in a land of diversity and tolerance acting if they really understand persecution. My news feed is full of comments which are either racist or completely uninformed.

Here are a few that have got my goat this week.

We should be looking after our soldiers first before anyone else.

Ok part of this is right, we should always be looking after our soldiers. Supplying them with the right kit to keep them safe, caring for them when they return. None of this is wrong but before anyone else? Tell me again how many of our soldiers have laid down their lives to fight against the persecution of others? They fight to protect the lives of their fellow man. I’ve never seen a solider ask to check the ethnicity or religion before he stands to protect someone. I think people do our armed force members a great disservice when they write this crap.

Our hospitals are struggling already we don’t need to add any more pressure. 

True our NHS is struggling but this is due to underfunding by the prat that runs our country. Cameron would rather invest millions in a defunct defence system than actually saving the people he pretends to want to defend. If money was invested where it should be there wouldn’t be a struggle within the NHS.

They aren’t English so why should we help them?

This one really makes me sick, I am proud of my English heritage but we are all actually citizens of Earth.

Where you were born should never effect the value of your life.

We are all human, well someone better check all the Tories just in case.

The new one I’ve read this week is that the whole refugee crisis is a plan of ISIS to get it’s soldiers into our country. 

First off maybe it is but let’s be honest it’s not a very good one. When we count the number of people who have died as they have fled the country. Secondly propaganda wise this sucks the treatment and violence that have forced this people to flee the country doesn’t make many think, oh yes those ISIS peeps have got it right and lastly how the hell can this be a undercover plan it’s not as if these people are entering our country under the radar. As for ISIS recruiting the refugees, Errmm tell me again who they are fleeing.

Seriously this has to stop, I am one of the first to say we need to start fighting for better treatment of our soldiers, for better support for our disabled, the poor, the homeless but it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

I truly don’t know the in’s and outs of this crisis nor will I probably know all the details of the next.  I truly don’t know what has driven these people to risk their lives and the lives of their children.

Yet what I do know is this,

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

Dalai Lama XIV

A brighter future 

Unless you have been in hiding somewhere I am sure you are aware it’s Election Day here in the UK. A day where we take to the polling stations and vote for the party we wish to rule our country.

From the moment I was 18 I have voted. In fact it’s always been important to me and I’ve worked my way through more party manifestos that I care to admit. Because it matters , it matters who I vote for and it matters what they stand for.

I actually started this election countdown with the feeling that I would have to pick the best from a bad bunch. A party who would do the least damage to society, but thankfully my research has let me to believe that there is hope.

My hope isn’t actually coming from the politians themselves but from the new vibration of the people. People who for too long have stayed quiet while they were getting shafted by the elite. People ready to fight for their homes, their services, their lives.

I hope that this continues past the election regardless of the winning party. The political parties are supposed to be there for the people lets keep them accountable.

 I want a fairer society where children have hope in their future.

I want a party who plans not fire fights.

I want investment in children services to be a priority. To support and guide children is a lot easier and more successful than building more prisons to house those we let down.

Higher education not at such a high cost.

There needs to be more money given to the disability sector. From the need of more specialist services to respite there needs to be massive changes. Support and finance given towards supporting independence. Carers being recognised for all they do.  To be respected and supported.  The last government have done serious damage to this community and whoever wins today needs to be quick with changes.

I want our emergency forces to be valued. Our armed services equipped. 

Our NHS to become something we can be proud of again. More nurses, less waiting times and quicker referrals.

I want this and so more much.

I want voices to be heard from all not just the elite. Decisions to be made for the majority not the 1%.

I have no problem with the rich getting richer just not to the cost of the rest of society.

Reforms in the banking system and the end of non Dom are a must.

I want a future for all. 

Affordable houses, better schools, more support for fighting addiction and definitely more investment in the looked after system.

I want people to feel a pride in Britain again. To respect the values that we once held dear. 

Communities to again be the normal. For us all to know our neighbours. To banish the lie that we don’t need each other. 

I know I ask a lot  and yes I accept that whichever party gets in today will fall short. But I do have hope (well unless the conservatives stay in power). 

So people use your vote today. If we want to see change we have to demand it.  

Still remember our part doesn’t end today let’s continue to put pressure on. Let’s make sure the new government remembers who it represents. 

Let’s give our country hope.