As months turn into years, I’m despairing at the lack of attention given to our healthcare in general. But of course, cancer in particular. Naturally, a lot will be laid at the door of covid, rightly so! But behind that is the complete contempt that has been shown by our Government and healthcare ‘leadership.’ From all levels, our lack of leaders has proved to be our undoing. We all know that our Government is totally focussed on saving themselves through continuing publicity storms. With shocking cases of ineptitude and scandal coming out almost daily.
Below them are the NHS, currently dealing with covid and almost nothing else. The leadership in this sector again is weak. Most of those people are basically ‘puppets,’ waiting for state honours and fat pensions. Never daring to suggest anything radical or innovate. Well described to me as ‘dead wood.’ Inside the system I hear terrible stories. More and more staff wanting to go public about the bullying culture that now exists. Those that do, being unduly pressured making their lives unbearable. How can we continue in this way?
In any business if the employees are not happy, nor will the customers be. Now we are facing the perfect storm. Constant pressures on staff for years to come, and many unhappy patients, with their treatment becoming further delayed. I would now like to remind you, that even prior to covid, our system could best be described as adequate. Certainly for those of us with complex and long term conditions. But it really doesn’t have to be this way!
The NHS has developed a very closed and protective culture. Instead of embracing real change it does all it can to continue living in the past. Our progress has not even increased with the pace of technology. My international experience is showing me how far we are behind most other countries in the world. I’m not even bringing money into this discussion. This really is a matter of attitude. Management in the sector is not up to the standard at all. How can the ‘troops’ work properly without getting the help they need?
It is always interesting to see how stagnant the leadership pool really is. Many going from the two largest cancer charities into the NHS and back again. The ever spinning roundabout! Where can the new ideas come from? How many wonderful people managers are there? Not just promoted for years of service. Of course these are general statements but always based on my own experiences.
We will not make progress by talking about past mistakes. We must learn from them and push forward. This work was always coming, but it has to be now!! Almost every aspect of our life is changing and we are becoming good at adapting to new ways of working. No Health Secretary in recent years has had the hutzpah to do anything positive. Only make continual cuts. Hence we arrive to the service we have now.
What business will be going back to working the way it was before lockdown? Hardly any I would imagine. Some will of course go to the wall as the way we live our lives changes. Many will adapt, innovate and become stronger. Change is not always a bad thing, but frequent change can become very counter productive.
There is NOTHING more important than the health of the nation. Currently we are a very sick one. Rolling from one crisis to another. This is obviously unsustainable in the long term. If we want services to be where and when we need them, the system and culture must adapt. If we want better facilities we must pay for them, one way or the other. Naturally nobody wants to see the chaos that is called private healthcare. Please talk to my friends in the US about that for cancer.
We will all have to be proactive and take responsibility for our health personally, and as a nation. If this lack of leadership continues the NHS will collapse like a dilapidated house. Then eventually become privatised. Many fear that this might be the goal of this Government? All I know is that politics is a massive obstruction to progress. More importantly to the health of our nation.
As always these are my own opinions based on personal experience. Please feel free to share your own below.