Jane Bates: Wait for it…

Jane Bates expects no preferential treatment.

Jane Bates expects no preferential treatment

‘Are they giving you preferential treatment? Do you get pushed to the top of the queue?’

I am waiting for a non-urgent operation on my knee, and it will not surprise you that those who pose such questions are not NHS employees. I have to explain it is not how the system works, especially as I am soldiering on and not off sick. It is all about clinical need, I tell them, rather piously.

But I can see where they are coming from, and that I would be able to perform my job more efficiently were I not hobbling around. In the spirit of fairness – it was nursing that caused the injury in the first place through the lifting and twisting and all those years on my feet – my employers should feel an obligation to sort me out.


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