Not published – but, worth saying
Diane Taylor wrote movingly in The Guardian about her experience when her mother became ill. The article raises important points and we picked these up in a short letter to The Guardian – which has not been published – but we think worth sharing:
The NHS saved my mum, but it is on life support. What does it mean? What can we do?
Diane Taylor writes with care and compassion (September 18th). She is right to be glad that her mum survived and received kind, competent and respectful care, but her narrative betrays more:
She reflects that ‘NHS hospital treatment is a conveyor belt’. It should not be designed as such, nor experienced as such. The National Health Service has to respect us all as individual human beings. We are not pieces of meat, nor cartons to be dispatched.
The background jingle: ‘old people are a huge cost for the NHS’ was debunked nearly 20 years ago by Evans and colleagues in their classic paper: Apocalypse No. ‘The zombie keeps on walking’ because it is supported by prejudice and points blame at a defenceless population of innocents. ‘Real and thoughtful investment … is vital’. Diane Taylor and her mum and all those they represent require and deserve as much. We are the victims, not the fault.
Christians on Ageing