The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic - Peter Drucker

'Bed blocker' label is tantamount to abuse

'Bed blocker' label is tantamount to abuse

Listening to radio 4 while driving yesterday, I was engrossed. It was a phone-in programme about the NHS being 'weaponised' as the UK hurtles towards another general election.

Pretty much everyone phoning in said political parties should stop point scoring. But few thought it would be possible to extricate the NHS from politics. Elections are won and lost on whether or not public services like the NHS are delivering what the electorate expect them to.

What jarred though was the words being used. In the past the NHS was a 'political football' now it is being 'weaponised'.

When did that shift in language happen?

And importantly, what does the shift to such violent nomenclature suggest? Are we becoming immune to the meanings of words? And if so, how does this affect our psyche?

'Bed blocker' was the other term at the centre of much debate.

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Guest — Liz Myers
I couldn't agree more Eileen, but it is not just the terminology. I believe there is an unhealthy focus on patients who are delay... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 17:16
Guest — Liz Myers
I couldn't agree more Eileen, but it is not just the terminology. I believe there is an unhealthy focus on patients who are delay... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 17:16
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When Sally met Henning: Bringing Dementia into our Social Consciousness

 

Where memories goThe Trobled Man


 Last night Sally Magnussen met Henning Mankell and in doing so brought the topic of dementia into our collective social consciousness. They didn't actually meet in person. At least not as far as I know, but they came together as part of my Saturday night viewing, and I cried during both shows. 

The first was watching Sally read extracts from her deeply moving book - 'Where Memories Go' - at The Borders Book Festival in Melrose. The second was a couple of hours later when I watched  Krister Henriksson play the iconic Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander on TV who had just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease (9pm BBC4).

Sally, the daughter of the esteemed (late) Journalist and TV presenter Magnus Magnussen,

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Guest — John Simmons
Thanks, Eileen, a great blog. I watched Wallander on Saturday night too. Was moved to tears, it was so well done.
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Guest — Eileen Moir
Thanks for your feedback John. Much appreciated. Yes, it was TV at its best. The closing scene was so powerful. I hope it will h... Read More
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#Compassion - what can we learn from the natural world?

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Watching wild geese flying in formation this morning I was reminded how magnificent a species they are. A few years ago a colleague sent me the poem 'Wild Geese' by Mary Oliver. I had undergone surgery and was deeply touched by the gesture. She added this story: 

....when wild geese are in flight and one becomes ill or injured, two other geese drop to the ground with the ailing goose. They provide protection and care for the goose until it recovers and is able to fly again or dies. It is only when the job of caring is complete that the geese fly off to catch up with their own flock or join another passing group.  

Her simple gift and the sentiments behind it made me feel cherished, respected and part of something bigger.

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