I had a chest x-ray the other day; I was told it would take two to three weeks to get the result at my GP. Truly? It could be delivered by hand by a man on a bicycle in 10 minutes; however, the situation graphically demonstrates that the NHS is broken.
Having spent most of my adult life working in the NHS, when I read or hear politicians and others complain about “missed targets”, “wait times” or “list initiatives” ‘expectation’, I wonder if they are deliberately obtuse or just congenitally dense. (“Opposition Raises Concerns that A&E Wait Times” Are “Out of Control,” “The Herald, July 28, and Letters, July 29.) The bland acceptance of the existence of these parameters is in fact a recognition that, in its current form, the NHS is not fit for purpose.
Rather than asking why impossible goals weren’t met, why don’t our PSMs ask why the NHS relies on overseas trained staff to function and why the UK establishment has deliberately decided not to not train enough doctors and nurses to staff it? No one wonders why there are no substantial waiting lists in the private sector for those who have the resources or contacts to use it, despite the fact that the staff working in this sector have been primarily trained in NHS and many moonlighting from NHS positions. No one wonders why, when in every survey comparing global healthcare providers, the NHS comes out on top for the quality and cost that it is deprived of funding by Westminster, especially when the UK government, unlike its Norwegian counterpart, can afford to give tax breaks to North Sea oil companies. . We can afford the HS2, the Trident and even a new Royal Yacht, but we cannot afford to train or employ enough people to ensure adequate levels of staffing and funding for our NHS.
The NHS is not an organization of heroes or angels, but of ordinary people who are mostly dedicated professionals who work harder and longer than their contract hours demand. It is run with an ethic designed to produce “more for less money”, regardless of the detrimental effect this may have on staff well-being and morale.
The real problem with the NHS is not in its ranks but in Westminster and Holyrood where our elected representatives must realize the true nature of the situation but for decades they have done absolutely nothing to rectify it. Why?
David J Crawford, Glasgow.
GLASGOW COP26 HYPOCRISY
RECENTLY my brother and son bought top floor apartments in the south of Glasgow.
My brother lives a few yards from the border in East Renfrewshire while my son has bought his apartment a few yards on the Glasgow side of the border.
My brother, who does not receive any government allowance, applied under the Local Authority Flexibility Eligibility Program (LA Flex) run by the East Renfrewshire Council and is now awaiting an upgrade to his facility from loft. This is also available in North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian and Carlisle.
My son asked Glasgow City Council to insulate his loft under the same scheme, only to be told it was not available to Glasgow residents. Only beneficiaries of specific services were eligible for free energy efficiency programs
Speaking to the contractor doing the installation for my brother, I was told that LA Flex had been under consideration by Glasgow for some time, but appeared to have passed between departments while waiting for someone to pick up. the final decision.
As the host of the COPS 26 Climate Change Summit, isn’t there some hypocrisy on the part of Glasgow City Council on this issue?
Robert Aitken, Glasgow.
PROBLEMS TO FOLLOW FOR GENEALOGUES
LIKE many amateur genealogists who have spent decades researching their family trees, I have long appreciated the long Scottish tradition of naming one’s first daughter for maternal grandmother and first son for paternal grandfather. In some 19th century surveys, this dramatically shortened the time needed to go through files, often providing clues as to which branch of the family the individual belonged to.
However, for the past two decades, I have become concerned about the practice of choosing names for newborns that are unrelated to their ancestors (in some cases it is now difficult to determine if they are. is a man or a woman) and I wonder how the genealogists in 100 years will manage to find their ancestors?
Then I think: maybe by then the state and big business will have so much of our personal information saved, it will be relatively easy?
John F Crawford, Lytham.
Since I learned on Radio 4 last week that we now have to be more concerned with conserving dwindling water supplies and not letting the water run while we brush our teeth, I open and close holding my bathroom faucet about 20 times while I do each necessary tooth ablution. ; three times per day. Lots of tap dancing. What I’m wondering is… will all those extra on and off going to wear out our faucets faster?
My new kitchen faucet 10 years ago needed a total replacement after only five years and again this year and it’s never involved in cleaning teeth. Does that mean conserving water is extra work for metal miners, faucet makers, DIY stores, and plumbers? I am just asking.
I hasten to add that I am not a fanatic who turns the taps on and off. Just thinking of all we have to do to save the planet.
Thelma Edwards, Kelso.
GEE, SHOULD THEY?
In order to make itself attractive to a wider audience, the BBC is calling on more commentators with regional accents. That’s all well and good, but should they be allowed to ruin the English language? I am thinking in particular of reducing the number of letters of the alphabet to the exclusion of the letter “g”. How else to explain the regular use of swimmin, divine, cyclin and runnin? It is really very boring.
Alan McGibbon, Paisley.