NHS England have just spent £100,000 on re-designing the NHS logo – can I suggest a more suitable one?
NHS England Bigs wigs sitting on the platform at Britain Against Cancer conference, rather missed this point.
The 400 Delegates at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer conference were told by Chairman, John Baron M.P, launching a new report into progress half-way through the five-year England Cancer Strategy (2015-2020),
“The strategy risks failure unless NHS England takes corrective action immediately”.
No wonder there was such a gloomy air to the conference.
Roy Lilley and others say the importance of getting this strategy right cannot be overstated. Over 20 per cent of cancers are first diagnosed as an emergency procedure, which is often far too late. This late diagnosis is the main reason we struggle to close the gap with international survival rates – the last Government analysis suggesting an extra 10,000 lives could be saved each year if we did.
The NHS are used to mouthing the mantra “delivering world class care”; repeat it often enough and you might get people to believe your propaganda. But the audience knew the reality, and sat in stony silence, thumbing their mobile phones searching for good news.
But delegates at the Britain Against Cancer conference knew the score, and reality hit them in the eyes with this dire prediction over the Cancer Strategy.
A & E in London
Last time a wonderful Ambulance crew scooped me up after a fall, one asked me “where would you like to go Luv?” Sensible chap – by making me choose the hospital, I couldn’t turn round and complain about a long wait as it was me that chose which A & E to go to.
When the Dept.Health and NHS England venture out of their air-conditioned, gleaming modern offices (have you noticed their lifts never break down? unlike in NHS hospitals) they might ask the man-in-the-street what his solution is to NHS’s problems. In the meantime, these are my thoughts:
You have to have a Plan B for next time you end up a guest of the NHS. Friends and family need to be primed to bring you pillows, warm blankets, Food rations, gaffer tape (useful for plugging drafts), spare batteries (if you need a hoist) and a hot water bottle – Elf ‘n Safety has chucked them.
You won’t have time worrying about your image in your hospital gown, you are going to need the necessities of life. The NHS is in dire straights, and pillows and blankets are too expensive. I kid you not.
Make sure you watch out for COWS – no, not mobile milk bars. These are Computers on Wheels that lie in wait around every bay, ready to trip you up whilst the HCA tries to work out what dose of pain killer you need – forget about having an over-dose, no such luck; COWs usually run out just before they get to you