Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Bonus Class apologises

As I recently blogged, the Bonus Class can usually be relied upon to fail to reach even the minimum standard leaving the Paying Class without most aspects of the vital services they require to survive.

In my youth we had world class GPs who responded to most emergencies in a timely and responsible manner then along came NoLab and negotiated to increase their salaries (into Bonus Class standards) whilst allowing them to opt out of unsocial hours call outs. It was ludicrous and left the Paying Class without essential medical cover which had proven itself ever since the NHS was born.

Some time later they tried to correct their error by introducing NHS Direct where nurses were expected to fill in for doctors. Now guess what? It is winter and there is a flu epidemic so NHS Direct can't cope.

However never fear because one thing the Bonus Class is world class at and that is apologising! Today along comes Nick Chapman, The Chief Executive from NHS Direct and apologises. He doesn't have a plan to put things right but he can apologise really well. They must take advanced lessons in apologising which of course really helps the rest of us!

6 comments:

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Julian said...

I'm afraid the word "apology" has completely lost its meaning. I see that all the Lib Dem MPs who were recorded making derogatory comments about their Conservative coalition colleagues have now apologized for it. Does it make a difference? The worst thing is it treats us like idiots. We all know people say these things and I'm sure some people on the left of a party say the same about those on the right of the same party (and vice versa) so why go through the charade of pretending they didn't mean it? God knows, there is enough hypocrisy in politics already.

GrumpyRN said...

"In my youth we had world class GPs who responded to most emergencies in a timely and responsible manner"

- No, most emergencies in that time died due to lack of modern knowledge and equipment.


"then along came NoLab and negotiated to increase their salaries (into Bonus Class standards) whilst allowing them to opt out of unsocial hours call outs. It was ludicrous and left the Paying Class without essential medical cover which had proven itself ever since the NHS was born."

- Can't blame the GP's for that, government got it wrong and GP's jumped at the chance to avoid working overnight unless paid proper rates for it.


"Some time later they tried to correct their error by introducing NHS Direct where nurses were expected to fill in for doctors."

- No, nurses do not fill in for doctors, we do our own job.


"Now guess what? It is winter and there is a flu epidemic so NHS Direct can't cope."

- Really? Where? Only the usual coughs and colds with very occasional seasonal flu going about.

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bryboy said...

Tks for your interest Grumpy RN. I'm always willing to be corrected by people with more experience. Even so last week every child in my eldest granddaughter's class at school was off with the flu! It sounded like an epidemic!

GrumpyRN said...

I'd just written no flu epidemic when BBC news stated there is a flu epidemic! I still have not seen any real sign. Just usual seasonal flu but the deaths are being reported because they are caused by H1N1 virus. Every year people die from flu but it is not reported. Media making things appear worse than they really are.