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To be proud of the NHS

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littlebillie Wed 25-Apr-18 21:38:31

I feel we need a thunder clap on MN for the NHS of how good it is and the individuals who make this their vocation.

I can think of many personal examples of the NHS showing brilliance kindness and compassion,

I just want to say thank you

littlebillie Wed 25-Apr-18 21:53:27

Just me then 😁

TheLastSaola Wed 25-Apr-18 21:53:59

I have personally had my life saved by doctors within the NHS on more than one occasion, and I am tremendously grateful to them.

I have also had some pretty horrendous experiences in NHS hospitals.

I'm not sure an underfunded, over capacity, creaking mess that is the NHS deserves a thunderclap. But certainly those people working within it do.

I genuinely think many people in this country think that we are the only country in the world with a socialised health service. Criticism of the NHS is, IMO, the best place to start in getting it fit for service.

littlebillie Wed 25-Apr-18 21:58:52

I know it's sometimes imperfect and frustrating but we are incredibly lucky to have it. Most people I have encountered have given beyond expected.

Tonight the NHS is under attack on the international stage and it's about time we stood up and be counted

TheLastSaola Wed 25-Apr-18 22:07:06

Okay - why do you think we are incredibly lucky to have it?

Compared to the US? Yes. Compared to India? Yes.

But I'd compare us to France, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Italy etc etc. They all have slightly different systems, but in essence all offer universal healthcare that is, by most qualitative and quantitative measurements, better than we have in the UK.

So why is the NHS so magical?

bonbonlavie Wed 25-Apr-18 22:13:51

The wonderful ITU doctors and nurses saved my dad’s life with hard graft and still found the time to comfort my mother and me.

I wish I could name the Senior Charge Nurse in ITU and the hospital because she was outstanding and showed such dedication to her profession that I still get emotional when I think about her. When we thought my dad might die she was the one whispering quietly to us to keep believing that he would be ok and pull through. She ran the intensive care unit like clockwork and had time for

Grandmaswagsbag Wed 25-Apr-18 22:15:19

Agree. I’ve never had a bad experience, I’m so thankful for what it’s done for my family.

lastqueenofscotland Wed 25-Apr-18 22:16:30

When I was 21 and had a horrific car accident was in agony, drugged to the eyeballs and completely inconsolably hysterical a nurse and one of the paramedics who drove me in sat up with me all night way past her shift while they were unable to get hold of my mum until the morning because of shitty highlands phone reception.
It’s my only real interaction with the nhs but I am so grateful

Grandmaswagsbag Wed 25-Apr-18 22:16:50

Thelastsaola because the NHS is completely free!

bonbonlavie Wed 25-Apr-18 22:17:02

The countless people who devote their lives to working for the NHS make it what it is.

It certainly has its flaws thelastsaola but I’d say on the whole we’re lucky to have it

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Wed 25-Apr-18 22:17:40

Well, they save my life 7 weeks ago so I can’t praise them highly enough.

From the second I called 111 (didn’t realise how serious it was at the time), paramedics (who only seemed to take 2 minutes to get to me) to each and every doc, nurse, hca and million and 1 other clinicians who were involved in my care I can’t praise them highly and thank them enough.

WonderTweek Wed 25-Apr-18 22:19:56

I’m a massive fan of the NHS and what they do with such limited resources is close to a miracle in my mind. halo On a personal level, not only do they look after me with all of my ailments, but they are also there for my toddler, and they saved my husband’s life. Thank you, NHS!

Topsyntimsmumdrivesmetogin Wed 25-Apr-18 22:32:44

September 2015 my daughter had already been in hospital for over a year battling heart , lung and instestinal disease.
This particular day she contracted sepsis and rapidly went down hill faster than we could of imagined. Our nurse who has spend a lot of time with us didn't leave when her shift had ended she stayed until my daughter was intubated.
The doctor who had known her since birth stayed with me up in theatres whilst we waiting for a cats ambulance. ( this was now at night )
We were transferred to another hospital icu.
The next day our nurse came to say there was a phone call it was the doctor from our not al hospital who had treated her in the day time the day before. She wanted to know how we were and then she said everyone is behind me wants to say hello and that we are all thinking of you. The sound behind was our nurses and doctors who spent over a year and still now to save my child shouting hello down the phone.

littlebillie Wed 25-Apr-18 22:40:31

the last free at the point of use, subsidies on prescription medicine and in most cases the NHS has provided what I and my family need.

Most of the countries you mentioned are subsidised by an insurance plan.

Ireland it is €50 to see the doctor

littlebillie Wed 25-Apr-18 22:42:53

I recently took a card into A&E to thank the team who helped a family member above and beyond.

Last year at another A&E they were slow responding and poor at communicating what needed to happen. When I pointed it out they were brilliant and sorted it out.

73kittycat73 Wed 25-Apr-18 23:16:57

I'm very grateful to the NHS. They gave me a hysterectomy to remove all my cancer. I have also noticed recently a dimple in my breast and have a appointment tomorrow to get it checked out. For free. I couldn't be more grateful.

Deshasafraisy Wed 25-Apr-18 23:22:07

I agree. The nhs is amazing. The government attack on it is shameful.

murmelimoo Wed 25-Apr-18 23:25:54

I am eternally grateful to the NHS. Yes other countries have better systems but they are neither free, nor understaffed,nor expecting nurses in critical care wards to work 13 hour shifts (I presume they

pieceofpurplesky Wed 25-Apr-18 23:28:37

Forever grateful.
The NHS and specifically Alder Hey saved my son's life.

murmelimoo Wed 25-Apr-18 23:29:41

Oops hand slipped.
I presume they are doing these hours on all wards, it's just critical care is where had most recent experience with family member.
Since becoming a mum I have realized why it is difficult to get a gp apt, as priority is given to vulnerable people 'your child has a rash murmelimoo? Come down straight away'
I think they do a sterling job in what is an appallingly funded situation.

OhHolyFuck Wed 25-Apr-18 23:29:44

Neither me nor my 2 DSs would be here without it, cannot say 'thank you' enough

YouBoggleMyMind Wed 25-Apr-18 23:35:40

The NHS, staff who work in PICU at Southampton General Hospital specifically saved my baby's life earlier this year when he was less than a month old. I will be forever grateful.

MismatchedStripySocks Thu 26-Apr-18 06:58:36

Just wish that some patients wouldn’t be so vile when i’m at work though. The system is pretty good but some people really take it for granted and this particular woman was really nasty to me yesterday and tbh, I couldn’t work out what I had done to offend her.

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Thu 26-Apr-18 12:08:45

Yes MismatchedStripySocks I think there is a sense of entitlement and the NHS being taken for granted, those who can remember a time before the NHS and healthcare free at the point of care are dwindling, and I think this is partially responsible for its current problems (people using it incorrectly), as well as lack of funding, historical mismanagement etc.

Deathraystare Thu 26-Apr-18 12:16:07

Apparently it is 70 today! There will be celebrations upstairs where I work later.

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