I had a phone call at 8 o’clock this morning to say that G wouldn’t be able to do coffee this morning (which was fine, I took milk and biscuits, set it up and then nobbled a helpful person to take over) as she was over at the hospital with her mother.
This is a lady in her late seventies, who has been waiting for an exploratory operation since November. She still hadn’t been given a date, but was increasingly in pain. Following a fall when she broke her hip a year or two back, she is a bit frail anyway. Last week, G rang to ask if there was any way of bringing the op. forward. “Well, she could go privately…” “How much?” “About £1,500.” They decided to go for it, and on Tuesday were invited to come in this Sunday at 7.30 am.
In the event, G’s mum was in such pain at 5 o’clock that she took her in early, which was the reason she felt that her stint on the coffee rota was just one job too much, and she was right.
Of course, they made the right decision for her mother’s health – and, in addition, she knows that they value her sufficiently to make it. But I thought that waiting lists were supposed to have come way down. Now the operation has taken place, will it be counted as a target that has been met? Or will it disappear altogether from NHS figures? I know a good many people who have given up waiting and paid out for procedures that should have been carried out on the NHS – I would not be at all surprised if they were included in the ‘success’ figures.
The reason I don’t like these targets is that they encourage fudging and fiddling. I see it too often.
Food to prepare, this afternoon, for a ‘do’ at one of the neighbouring parishes. Little canapé-ish stuff. I always think that, if you make it look pretty (and taste nice, of course), you can get away with really simple stuff.
Later – Sadly, having taken the photos, I plugged the camera into the computer, which promptly crashed. I unwisely unplugged the camera before turning it off, which means I have lost all the photos (including some from the festival which I hadn’t got around to downloading). Sorry. The canapés were very nice, though, and so was the do.