Sure it hurts.
But it’s not life-threatening, is it?
Not even a major trauma.
More like an aching nag as you go through the day. It even disappears when you’re not thinking about it.
Hardly there at all.
Yet you’re one of the 138 people who crowded into your local A&E this morning – and grinding your teeth as the four-hour waiting period winds on and on.
But just look at that crowd.
Desperation stakes, right?
Just trying to keep pace with a mob like that is why the NHS is hiring overflow doctors at £3,200 a shift and nurses at £1,900 a day.
And before you throw a blue fit, the kind of shift these people are in for is twelve hours. Half a day on your feet, snatched moments for a bite to eat, no chance for coffee – and what do you mean, time to go to the loo?
Well how else to solve the overload except throw money at it?
Your money when it comes down to it – it comes off your taxes.
Yes, it’s damn stupid – but just be careful where you point that finger in choosing why this is happening.
Not enough doctors, why?
Too many patients, why?
Bored, selfish, couldn’t care less
Because all this heaving mass of people reckon A&E is where they need to be.
Accident and Emergency – excuse our snigger.
Not crisis handling centres of last resort but first stop for minor worries and social difficulties.
A call to the local Doc reveals – Missed Appointments for February:
- Doctor 217
- Nurse 56
- Blood Tests 55
Too busy with Turkish dancing classes. Or Pilates. Or bridge at the Leisure Centre.
T&N, not A&E
Twinges and Niggles, more like.
And failure of everywhere else to take care of the problem.
No sticking plasters in the bathroom cabinet. Too lazy to go to the chemist. Not prepared to wait at the GP’s clinic. So mosey on down to A&E.
It’s the same with all the emergency services.
They’re there to handle real issues – people dying or under bodily threat.
But ask the cops or the fire brigade.
Overwhelmed by trivia or mischief-making nonsense.
How many hoax calls? You won’t believe it.
Like calling 999 for hiccups, or reporting a stolen snowman.
Your local A&E is the same.
And like all the other blue light services, the professionals who operate it cannot take a chance that maybe your problem isn’t serious.
Total waste of time
Your toenail won’t kill, but everybody in A&E gets handled as though it might.
The only people who will listen to you, right?
The only people who give a damn about whether you’re OK, or not OK – because the rest of us are too caught up in ourselves, or too selfish to even lift a finger.
Yes, there are real issues that happen in A&E. Real life-and-death cases, right there, on the spot.
And we are all of us amazingly fortunate that we have such high powered professionals to catch us when we drop.
Which means A&E is not the problem, we are. (Tweet this)
Fifty years ago, half our aches and pains would not even have been looked at. Not because doctors back then didn’t have the skills, but because nobody considered them significant.
Part of being grown-up. Man up and forget about it was how most people thought. And going to the Doc was only when it was serious.
Now it’s toenails at A&E.
OK, if that’s the way we Brits have decided we want it, we mustn’t whinge if it costs us a bob or two in taxes.
It’s our fault, not A&E’s.