Saturday, 18th January, 2014.

The Real Value Of Our NHS

     I was very moved to hear the story of a man in North Wales who died whilst waiting for an ambulance.

He was in pain and had difficulty in breathing.   His wife immediately rang 999 for an ambulance.   Then they waited.

The man – in a bad state though he was – asked his wife to ring again and ask how long the ambulance would be.   She was told it would be there within minutes.

Again they waited.   She rang 999 again to find out what was happening.   Her husband’s condition was worsening.

Sadly, the gentleman passed away before the Emergency Services arrived.

Six minutes after he died, three ambulances turned up together.

I cannot imagine how that wife felt.

Apologies were made by the Ambulance Service.   They explained to her – and now to the world – where their ambulances were at that time, and how great the demand for them was.

What does this tell us?

It tells us that our National Health Service in Wales – and throughout the “United” Kingdom – is inadequate.   It tells us that greater funding is needed to provide the necessary care for our people:  the people who have paid their share of that funding all of their working lives.   It tells us that we are dealing with people who have human emotions, both as patients and their near ones and as workers in the NHS.

Before we allow politicians to spend millions and millions of pounds on weapons of destruction, let us persuade them to divert that money to help ordinary people in need.

I cannot write more this week.   And I vow to become more active in trying the sort the mess which the NHS in this land of my adoption has become.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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