Think before visiting A&E
THE demands on our public services seem to be getting greater and greater – but are those demands justified?
Despite the well reported issues within the NHS, this country is clearly still fortunate to have free health care for all – that is certainly not the case in some other countries.
Yes, those of us who work get deductions from our wages for the benefit, but it is still a benefit in today's Britain.
And that leaves it open to abuse, even if that is unconscious abuse.
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It could be said that the figures we have received for the number of people visiting Grimsby Hospital's A&E Department over the Christmas period are a reflection of that fact.
Of course, within the 1,300 or so who went for advice and treatment, there is no doubt that a percentage will have had genuine cause for concern. But that is a very high figure and must be questioned.
Staff within these services are extremely stretched most of the time – but none more so than at Christmas, when they too would like to be at home, spending time with their loved ones.
How frustrating it must be for them to be in work and having to deal with people who could quite simply have stayed at home.
So next time, please consider whether your journey to A&E is necessary – by doing so you could save a lot of time and money!