The Good Old NHS!


The Lister Hospital, Stevenage

It’s not often that you truly appreciate what you have. It is human nature to see the other man’s grass as being always greener. Yesterday I was taxi driver for a hospital outpatient’s visit. While waiting, I realised that in certain countries many of those present may not have received treatment due to cost. Although not perfect, the National Health Service must be better than the alternative…

Many often complain
About the NHS
They say that it’s unwieldy
And littered with excess

Our doctors and nurses work long hours
Caring for one and all
Whether young or old or middle aged
Seriously ill or just a fall

I heard a story recently
From a foreign A&E
Injured child was turned away
No free service there you see

We know there are too many clipboards
Wandering around the place
We know the value of front-line staff
They are the caring face

Let’s count our blessings while we can
And not make such a fuss
Thanks to the imperfect NHS
The alternative’s not for us

Dedicated to all the frontline staff who are there for us when we need them most and to all new nurses and doctors (especially Angharad about to start her nursing career in the A&E department of a large North Wales hospital following the successful conclusion of her university career), we wish them all well.

© Baldock Bard 2012
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