What do you actually need?
I want to have a holiday in the sun this year; what I need is time off from work during the year to recharge my batteries. What I might get is a couple of weekends away as a midway kind of compromise! This summer my lovely son will head off for a year in California. This is a study year abroad as part of his degree. I am willing to make this sacrifice and hopefully early next year I’ll get to visit him, maybe we may take him to Vegas for his 21st. I am blessed that generally he doesn’t expect these things but is pretty pleased when they come his way. He does however believe that anything is possible. He is young and when you are young you can probably expect anything.
I wonder though if we don’t want too much these days? If we don’t assume someone owes us something? Certainly in healthcare there seem to be many people who fit into this world.
Suppose you feel that after 3 children your boobs are just a little droopy and your life will be just perfect if the NHS were to buy you just a little surgery? This is a want, it is not a need. This is the friend of a work colleague; I doubt it will happen.
Suppose you developed a small swelling in your groin lately, you have some pain and discomfort and you see a surgeon. Surgery is recommended, perhaps it is needed. When through an administrative error this is denied (all be it briefly) you shoot off a few nasty letters to the people you consider responsible. You kind of jump up and down. You get what you want, though you would have got that by being less nasty. Real issue I dealt with last week.
Out there though there are real people in real need. People who seem to be being denied the care and consideration they deserve. These people are often elderly, they often don’t complain much less shout, demand or write rude letters. Why don’t we do better by these people? Maybe we are too distracted by the ones who want something they don’t need?
The link to the dispatches programme on the secret shame of the NHS can be found here! Not sure how long it will be there for.