Perhaps I may be biased as this is my field of practice but then again it is my area of expertise. Thousands of NHS staff day in day out claim how great it is yet we ignore these scions of society and prefer to only look at the negatives. No system can stand in itself but should rather be analysed and improved as compared to other systems around the world and I assure you the 64 million individuals privileged enough to call themselves British must learn the grass isn't always greener on the other side. There are countless regions in the world where good health is a privilege afforded to only the wealthy and knowing your next illness or accident could lead to bankruptcy or in some places even jail, is not a feeling I would wish on any human being, irrelevant to whether their government is seen as an ally or foe.
Since coming back home I've been lucky enough to get a job in the medical field. I started off at Issa Medical Centre in Preston which in my eyes is the future of the GP surgery, a purpose built facility with only one principle, the treatment of its patients. No longer will people have to wait in cramped waiting rooms or struggle to get their wheelchair into the doctors office. I dream of a day when all GP surgeries will not only look aesthetically pleasing but also have functionality at the heart to ensure each and every persons needs are met. In my limited exposure of practice surgeries in the UK this was a breath of fresh air with even facilities such as a minor operation theatre, dermatology(skin) and ophthalmology(eye) clinics surely this is the solution for over crowded hospitals and at times impossible consultant appointments. I dream of a 24/7 GP service one day, but without proper government support and funding instead of cuts and privatisation this will only remain a dream.
I have also worked at one of their sister surgeries, Robb & Robb surgery, whilst not purpose built but rather 2 converted terrace houses it showed me the key to the NHS, its very backbone, the staff. From the practice manager to the secretary each person is like a cog in the engine of a world class sports car, a single piece not functioning to its full capacity and it falls apart. Yet day in day out these soldiers of the NHS who will never get credit for their work nor demand any, are toiling away with only one end goal, your good health.
My work at these surgeries introduced me to the computer software EMIS, the primary software all GP surgeries now use to record patient data. Specifically I was predominantly working on summarising new patient records, which at times can be tedious work but at the same time fulfilling knowing I was a part of that patients care. I also have ran two diabetic clinics which involves examining the feet of a patient. Though not everyone's cup of tea looking at and examining feet, the patient interaction was exhilarating for I could possibly do this for the rest of my days.
I truly believe in the NHS and it is fundamental to my identity as a British citizen. All I can say is the next time you read an article slating the work of its dedicated army think of all the times they got it right. We must improve as time goes by but also appreciate what we have in the present.