Every single bit of goodwill that the NHS had from me for Covid has just been flushed down the drain.
This morning, I took my wife for a pre-booked mammogram at a trailer unit in our local supermarket. My wife is in a wheelchair with MS and I was mildly surprised to see that the trailer had no disabled access at all.
No matter, I thought, I'll get her up the steps with some help, but on asking for said help they all stood there and replied, "Oh no, health and safety, we aren't able to help. I pointed out that I have type 2 diabetes, arthritic knees and had a heart attack three months ago and that I needed help. No dice, they still all refused to help. Apparently health and safety means that it is safer for someone in my condition to do this alone than it is for any of them to get involved. I was absolutely livid and rather disgraced myself with my language. And for the record, they all stood there and watched as I did it.
If anyone else tells me that health and safety is a serious issue and it isn't just used as something to hide behind I will likely punch them in the face.
For the record, my wife has had several falls when out and about and in every case complete strangers have come to her aid without a hint of "health and safety" - because something needed doing and they did it. But we have an NHS - an NHS for God's sake, that hides behind regulations without a thought for the good of the patients - or common sense. And I thought they were there to look after people's health - I no longer believe that.
If there are any people in the NHS with some common sense, you need to hammer it in to the powers that be that rules need to be flexible and applied proportionately and sensibly. If, for example, I had been trying to get a grand piano up the steps I would have had some understanding, but my wife is a vulnerable human being and not in the same weight category (or anywhere near it).
Elon Musk was recently quoted as saying that if a company rule didn't make sense in a particular set of circumstances, the employees were free to break it providing they could justify their actions. It seems that the exact opposite is preached within the NHS.
Yes, it's a rant, but by God I mean it, and I am now unable to look at anyone in the NHS without thinking "jobsworth". I'm absolutely disgusted with them.
(22/6/22 moderated subject title - membership sec)