Bloodwise Ambassador Katie Ruane
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Bloodwise Ambassador Katie Ruane
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05 Jul 2014

Well my lovely Bloglets,

I’m meant to be working, so of course I thought I would write instead.

It’s something that I have been thinking about writing for a while and I sit on a yo-yo ever going up and then down with if I will write this and post it.  It’s controversial.  I don’t want to get trolled or abuse.  But saying nothing is making me angry.  So I shall write, and hope that people are kind.  Or at least recognise this as a view that I believe, as I would because it’s mine, that it’s valid.

The NHS.

Recently it has been in the forefront of everyone’s minds.  In the press.  On twitter.  Not so much on Facebook.  But there are petitions everywhere.  And a lot of hate being directed at the current government.

I’m not going to lie.  I do not know the full picture.  But to be honest I don’t know if anyone does.  IF you want to try and understand how the NHS is governed and the money is split watch this….

Any clearer?  Probably not.  It’s a minefield.  And the NHS is f****ed.

The problem with the NHS is not the government, this one or the last or the one before that, although to be honest, I don’t think the last one helped much dragging us into a war that basically bankrupted the country…. However.  What the NHS was set up to do and what it does now are two completely different things.  The NHS today is overwhelmed with chronic disease which is expensive, myself included and yes, I do feel guilty about this, and a rising population of the elderly.  I want to make one thing very clear.  I do NOT believe ANYONE should be denied treatment.  BUT I do believe that those who have conditions that can be resolved through lifestyle changes should not be given pharmaceuticals or surgery which is expensive.  Conditions like type 2 diabetes and obesity can be dealt with and improved through different ways.  Once again, I am NOT saying that help should not be given.  Different help should.  Part of me also thinks that if the person isn’t willing to try to change and to obtain a better level of health without pill popping, well….

And for every person over 50 to be given statins.  What a joke.  Statins have side effects which will mean that some need more drugs to counter those which give side effects so more drugs are needed and before you know it a healthy person is taking 5 different drugs a day.

Big pharma has a lot to answer for.

And the way that we expect to go to the doctor and by fixed without taking any responsibility for ourselves.  Maybe I am over critical.  I have made so many changes to try and get my body to a place where I can be chemo free.  I don’t want to be on treatment, and yes, I am eternally grateful that I get the drugs free.  Of course I am.  So many get given prescriptions who could be helped in other ways, and THAT is why the NHS is destroyed.

I was at a high level meeting and it was openly admitted that the NHS runs at 60% efficiency.  60%! If the NHS can’t be sorted with all the thousands of managerial bodies etc that are already employed, how else can it be saved?  Maybe that’s the problem.  Too many governing bodies.  Not enough nurses.

I live in the NHS, not through choice.  I am of course worried about what’s going to happen, I just don’t see how it can be saved in its current state without radical change, which of course, everyone will hate.

With love and hope,



Hi Katie,

Thanks for your blog. Interesting reading.

I think the NHS is fantastic as an idea and served me incredibly well over my time but standards appear to vary enormously and there do seem to be some glaring inefficiencies looking at it from an outsiders point of view.

We're actually running our largest ever patient survey at the moment as we look to identify areas of patient need which we can look to address. Would be great to get your views if you haven't filled the survey in already:

Hope the essays are going well and thanks again for all your support.

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