Someone should tell NHS when it’s Autumn!
NHS doesn’t realise that the four seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring) have legally defined dates to begin and end, enshrined in English law. Everyone has the right to know when they begin and end.
NHS officials are so keen to wriggle out of any commitment, that they have come up with a laughable excuse. Put on the spot with yet another delay to the roll-out of Proton Beam Therapy (PBT), after ten years of promises, a spokesman for the Christie Hospital said: “The Christie proton beam therapy centre has been operational from 20th August 2018 and is running patient selection and assessment, treatment planning, scanning and clinics to prepare patients for their treatment.” (if you speak ‘plain’ English, this means it’s not operational – which would be defined as actually working and providing what it’s supposed to do).
The trust said that the first patients would begin their PBT before the end of “autumn”, but refused to define autumn due to “patient confidentiality”. What Muppet thought up that excuse?!!!
Isn’t it wonderful what the Data Protection Act supposedly covers? But of course for those using it as an excuse, it’s now long past Autumn, and they have probably never read the Act, or they wouldn’t have the gall to try to use it to cover up their inefficiencies.
P.S. For those poor snowflakes in NHSE who can’t yet use Google,here is a copy:
Northern Meteorological Seasons
According to the meteorological definition, the seasons begin on the first day of the months that include the equinoxes and solstices:
- Spring runs from March 1 to May 31;
- Summer runs from June 1 to August 31;
- Autumn runs from September 1 to November 30; and
- Winter runs from December 1 to February 28 (February 29 in a leap year)
If you want to get really technical, you can go into the Equinoxes – but let’s not confuse them with technology!