09 July, 2006


The country would fall apart without them

This tale of the NHS from Dr Crippen (scroll down a fair way) (via the Devil). The good doctor's focus is on poor communications and ineffective management generally, but the following paragraph caught my jaundiced eye:
I sent Julie’s mother into hospital nine days ago. Julie is phoning me on her mobile from outside the ward. The nursing care is appalling. Most of the nurses do not speak English. The ones that do have suggested that Julie speaks to a doctor. She has spent all morning on the ward waiting to see a doctor, but none has come.
Presumably these hermanas incomunicadas are the "migrant workers upon whom our public services depend and without whom the country would rapidly grind to a halt".

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