STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

An open plea to NHS England from a mother who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

THIS IS AN OPEN PLEA TO THE NHS

There was one option that could save me, a second bone marrow transplant. The team had had a lengthy discussion about it, and they were unanimous, I should have it. But, it wasn’t up to them. It was up to NHS England.

On your web site you describe yourself  as “transparent about the decisions we make, the way we operate and the impact we have.”

I have no idea of how you are forming your decision. I have no point of contact at NHS England. My doctors send emails and leave messages. As far as I’m aware, no one calls them back – and you certainly don’t phone me.

But, four or five times a day my phone does ring and it says, “Caller Unknown”. Every time I get that call, I think it is the call. My heart rips open in my chest and sometimes I sob simply at its ring.

Each day that passes is one that reminds me of all I will lose if the answer is no. I used to be a teacher. How desperately I would like to be one again. I’m a mother. I can’t even bear here to describe the sense of loss I feel every day when I look at my children and wonder where we will all be a year from now.

Call me. Please. I can’t take it.

Please click on the link to read Stacie Lewis’s Open letter to the NHS England and share

http://www.mamalewis.com/2015/04/28/an-open-plea-to-nhs-england/

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My daughter visiting me in the hospital during my first round of chemotherapy.

 

 

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A Doctor’s Manifesto for the NHS – An Open Letter by Dr Zoe Norris GP – Posted in The Huffington Post

Dear Mr Hunt, Mr Burnham, Mr Lamb, Ms Bours, Dr Creasy, Ms Robison, and Ms Jones,

I have watched with interest over the last few days as your policies and promises regarding the NHS have been publicised. On reflection, I think perhaps you need a few pointers. I am a doctor; I am a GP working in the service that sees 90% of patients the NHS deals with every day. I hope you won’t take offence at this letter, but your health policies, well, they are dreadful. I’m sure there are teachers up and down the country who feel your education policies are the same. Service personnel who feel similarly about your defence policies and so on. All I know is I am doing the job you are all purporting to improve, save, fund – whatever. And you are all wrong. My disclaimer is this – I am genuinely an undecided voter. Largely because I can’t believe a word of what most of you say about the NHS, but if a party did admit that the NHS is a bottomless pit of money, and that they would truly engage with doctors, nurses, and the many other NHS staff to try and improve it and its use, instead of constantly encouraging the privatisation and consumerism of our most basic public service, you would have my vote in a heartbeat.

Allow me to briefly critique your current manifestos. I haven’t separated them by party because let’s be honest, they’re much the same.

Click on the link below to read more

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-zoe-norris/nhs-general-election-2015_b_7047060.html

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Dr Zoe Norris

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