Forget the headlines and the soundbites – the only people who can help the NHS now are ourselves.
Never mind WHY there’s a crisis, if we all of us do our bit, we can get through this together.
First off, the NHS are right – don’t get ill. We’ve got to stop running to them unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Help the NHS – no more chances
There’s too many of us otherwise. Our numbers just swamp the place.
So we’ve got to stop making ourselves ill. Taking chances with our health that don’t do us any good.
Like our dodgy hygiene – we’re really lousy at keeping ourselves clean.
OK, we can’t see germs, so we can be excused for thinking that we don’t LOOK dirty.
We know about germs though, and the kind of precautions we should take.
But because we LOOK OK, we don’t do anything – and we hate being nannied about it.
None of which will help the NHS.
With an Aussie flu epidemic about to hit, on top of the usual winter tsunami, being precious about washing our hands is not exactly useful.
Especially when our track record is so iffy:
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after going to the toilet.
- 95% of people don’t even wash their hands properly.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
Ugh, the winter vomiting bug
Which gets really crazy when you think of the winter vomiting bug.
Norovirus is highly infectious and spreads on contact. Yet nine times out of ten, if ever we come down with it, we always blame the restaurant or fast food outlet of food poisoning.
Sure, the vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps are so bad, we have to blame it on someone. It’s just extra hard to swallow that we caused it ourselves.
None of which can help the NHS when we show up, moaning and groaning. Norovirus is the one thing that can go round everywhere like wildfire – the last thing they need on top of the winter flood of patients and Aussie flu.
How are we so sure that norovirus is usually self inflicted?
It’s not just the poor washing of hands, it’s whether they’re washed at all.
Think about your day, from the time you left for work, to the time you meet your friends for dinner at the pizza joint.
Think about the things you’ve touched that other people touch as well – the heavy traffic hand contacts everybody else makes, also without washing their hands.
Door handles, light switches, keypads, money, keys, hand rails, grab handles for instance. When do those things ever get cleaned – and how germified are they before you touch them?
Follow that with a whole day at the office, with perhaps 2 or 3 trips to the loo, and just maybe you’re also in that gruesome 62% or 40%. Yes, it’s possible. You do the whole day and show up for eats, without even washing once.
And then you order a double pepperoni and pineapple – which you EAT WITH YOUR HANDS.
So where does the food poisoning come from – out of the pizza oven, or off your own fingers?
Same thing with burgers, chicken drumsticks, kebabs, hot dogs, chips, bacon butties and anything else you munch on the go.
Finger lickin’ good, sure. And finger lickin’ norovirus, e.coli, campylobacter, salmonella or whatever else you swallowed at the same time.
Soap and water and safe
Yet all it takes – to help the NHS and spare yourself the agony – is a short session with soap and water. Always before food and always after the loo.
The same five minutes should help you duck the Aussie flu too. Because, yes, it’s airborne, but mostly spread on contact. Those gobs of snot and dribble are too heavy to stay up for long. Keep your hands and face clean and you can avoid them altogether.
Which is exactly how best to help the NHS.
Don’t get ill in the first place, and the four-hour misery of A&E never happens. You never have to worry about getting a bed, or a possible appointment with the Grim Reaper in the corridor.
You do your bit – and everybody else does theirs – suddenly the NHS stands a fighting chance.
No more slagging them off. That belongs to the politicians, who can’t keep their mitts off, pretending to organise things. They’re not doctors, and they’re not managers – so what would they ever know about running a health service?
They’re the mob who shut down all the care homes, so the old folks have no place to go except stay in their hospital bed. The same mob who contracted local doctors so they’re no longer on call – and don’t work evenings or weekends either.
Want to see your GP? Sorry, on the golf course, come back next week.
See your Westminster wunderkind
All of which means contact your local party wunderkind and give them hell. All those people crowding into the NHS are their doing and it’s up to them to stop things.
And if you really want to help the NHS, make them think about the future too, not just the votes they’ll lose next time we go to the ballot box. Because if this winter’s NHS crisis looks bad, get ready for Armageddon in ten years’ time.
According to Dr Dame Sally Davies, England Chief Medical Officer, two calamities are coming that make Aussie flu look like child’s play.
The first is antibiotic resistance. Those wonder-drugs that make modern medicine such a miracle are rapidly becoming useless. The bacteria they’re up against have mutated themselves into immunity. All of a sudden, basic surgery isn’t possible any more – no heart bypasses, no hip replacements, no C-section births. You could even die from a paper cut.
Worse still, there’s no replacement. Nothing in the pipeline. The medicine cupboard is bare ands we’re back to the Dark Ages.
The second is obesity. Already two-thirds of us are either fat or obese – and a third of our kids too. All set for the slippery slope to asthma, type 2 diabetes, possible amputations, heart disease and cancer. Unless something is done quick, 30 million of us are going to die – long, slow and agonising – half the population of UK.
The politicians are doing nothing about these either. Still thinking about lunch, their picture in the paper, and a salary equivalent to five nurses.
So, want to help the NHS?
Lay it on the line to your local wunderkind – do something now, before it’s too late.
Oh, and keep your hands clean while you’re doing it. It could save your life.
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