Right now I’m sat outside a hospital with a feeling of slight elation. I have always had a problem with hospitals and doctors. Although the staff are always first class, highly qualified and usually will bend over backwards to help. The one thing that restricts them immensely is the system that they have to abide to.
I’m here, sat outside the hospital due to a number of frustrating events that are due to a frustrating NHS system. Maybe we aren’t paying enough national insurance, or maybe the guys at the very top are working just for their pay cheque, I’m not sure. But I bet the decision makers of the NHS on £100k+ wouldn’t be as caring and considerate as the ground troops on £20k.
I have had nerve pain in my lower back after doing some cross training by playing a bit if football. I don’t recall hurting my back during the session, but the next morning I was in agony. Having pleaded to be squeezed in to see my doctor, I was referred to see a specialist. Instead someone thought I should see a physio first. A bit of a time wasting and money saving tactic I’m sure. So I call the doctor, who says to call the hospital, who says to call a guy in appointments, who says to call the physiotherapy department. Only to find out there’s nothing on my file about it. So, I call the doctors, who then realise the problem and referred me a second time to see a specialist. The doctors explained how the system is a pain because what one doctor asks for is usually not what the next doctor thinks is the problem. Anyway, I get a call from the specialist who says the next appointment is in September. WHAT! I’ve had 3 weeks if this pain already, so yeah, I’m happy to hold out for another 2 months. NOT A CHANCE! NIT GIOD ENOUGH! Then I get a call from a different hospital saying ‘we want you next Friday and we will scan you on the day if the doctor thinks its needed’. That’s what I want to hear. The biggest frustration of all is that my own personal physio told me what the problem was 3 weeks ago.
Thankfully the sun is out while I write this outside the hospital reception. Being a sports person who competes and trains and works hard, the last thing I want is to spend time out of training and competing. I can swim and ride, but running is tough to do until j get my back fixed. Q
My questions are simple:
1. If we are sports people, why are we put into the same system as older people who have back ache for the last 15 years because of old age. That’s no disrespect to the older generation, but I would like to compete in my sports for another 20 years yet. Can we not devise a system to help athletes and the sporting population get faster care. If pay a bit extra for that.
2. Secondly, if I go to A&E with back pain that is really hurting, why does the drunk guy with a cut on his arm get seen before me. I hurt my back trying to improve my health and fitness. Whereas he cut his arm because he is wasted and started fighting which tends to lower the perception of our community. Please, see the difference is who is being a better human being.
3. Also, why are private health care packages so expensive. A company wanted £80 a month from me because of my sport and the level I competed at at the time. And, if I paid my private health care, would I be able to pay less national insurance because I’m not using the NHS as much.
4. And lastly, what if national insurance went up to meet the level of private health care insurance, do we think the NHS would be faster at seeing people.
I haven’t scan in 10 minutes, I’m just happy I can finally get this sorted.