By Zia Bharucha
Noting all the bad publicity constantly in the news, regarding the NHS. I would like to share my experience, with you.
I had an unfortunate and unforeseen accident, whereupon I required the NHS ambulance and emergency hospital services. I want to thank the NHS ambulance and hospital staff in London. They were nothing but kind, compassionate, calm, caring and knowledgeable. They truly care about the work they do and I am greatly indebted to them for all the help they offered me.
It is only when you require their services that you realise how deeply grateful you are to have them there for you. Life is so unpredictable and you sometimes forget how dependent you could be on services and people you don’t otherwise, spend any time thinking about?
I will say there was one part of the experience that wasn’t particularly pleasant, and that has nothing to do with the staff who work there, but is about the waiting times for the ambulance service and to see the staff in the emergency rooms, it was deeply uncomfortable for some patients.
The NHS system is being reshaped and remoulded into something else other than what it was intended to be and we who live in the UK, are aware that we need to support the NHS, so that in the years to come it will still be there for those who need it and that it will still be free at the point of use.
We often forget when we listen to the differing news on the NHS that at its core, it is about people. People who have joined a profession to help others, and people who at a certain point in their life, require that help. Over and over that night I encountered people who must have been truly exhausted from the trail of patients and yet they never rushed me and gave me all their attention as if i was the only person they had to see that night!
Money is what is always brought up in relation to the NHS. Healthcare should be about health and should not be about profit. Although I have been noticing that in every area of government, there is now a conscious effort made to see how we can take government agencies and turn them into profit making and cost cutting services rather than about how we can use them for the benefit of its citizens, be it education, health, transport, or any other area of government policy.
Money is required to keep this service going and the people of this country need to decide whether this service is something that is worth holding onto and therefore require that the government budget needs to include monies for this purpose.
Health is a human necessity. The NHS at its core is about helping people who are at their most vulnerable and when ill, we all need help and support. We need to always keep that in mind in any and all discussions about the NHS.
The people who work for this organisation are proud to be part of a service founded to help all regardless of the ability to pay, and we who utilise their services are truly truly grateful.
Zia Bharucha. I am by profession a teacher. I have lived and worked in many parts of the world including Bombay, New York, Madeira and Nairobi. I have also run my own business, teaching, training and preparing students for Performance Arts examinations for Trinity College, London in ballet as well as speech and drama. I am currently writing a book reflecting my spiritual thoughts and my journey and am also looking to publish my book of poetry this year. I may be contacted at [email protected].
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