I’m the wrong person to review this play, broadcast to the cinema as an as-live production.  I find Alan Bennett’s humour too twee and so I defer to reviews from The Guardian and the New Statesman.
Certainly interesting watching a focussed on geriatric wards Monday afternoon. shown in a theatre full of retired people.
(r:5; e:3; s:2; t:3)
The political messages are confused.  A smaller hospital is better because its local, but a major incident is discovered because no-one was looking for the right things.  Targets encourages inhumanity but having more performance data should have triggered a discovery.
The play misses the big issues.  Hospitals entering black status more frequently cos funding ain’t growing with the need of an older society, cuts in public health and social services, less regular work and proper pay for working class families leading to more problems at home.  And perhaps education not doing enough to set young people up for life.  100,000 posts in the NHS not filled cos of poor planning for training.


Nottingham tackling Breast Cancer

IMG_4070m (2) nbcrc launch speakers montageSpeakers at the new University of Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre.
This first public event of its kind in Nottingham designed to raise awareness and to present information on the science of their research.


Two of the significant concepts in understanding and tackling the disease are named after Nottingham –
– the Nottingham grading system;
– the Nottingham prognostic index;
and the efforts are led by one of the top 20 cancer specialists in the world.

NHS Crisis

Time for people to reflect on what, with 3 General Elections, we have allowed to slip with regards to our health care and our NHS.

I received 2 tweets in quick succession from Theresa May boasting about a scheme that they claim will help a few thousand people onto the property ladder.
That evening, a BBC tv East Midlands political journalist lists the kind of conditions that warrant a visit to A&E (and I didn’t hear broken bones included).
Whatever was said, on top of the cancellation of non-urgent operations, this is a pretty shocking statement. And it’s the BBC announcing it! (Not someone from the NHS.)
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, comes on national tele to say they’re trying to do it a different way this year – expressed in a way that makes it sound like he deserves some sympathy at least.
Another spokesperson has said that a range of factors have come together – including the cold weather. (Maybe it’s true that we didn’t have snow in Tony Blair’s era.)

Time to remember, the factors of growing demand (including more people, an older population, more cures (with greater expense) and more people surviving with challenging conditions) existed before 2010 when (after 13 years), New Labour more than trebled the spend on the NHS including the launch of the largest hospital building programme in our history. Targets for getting a GP appointment, being tended to in A&E and for operations, were set and were being met.

We deserve better. We used to get better.