Charge the health service abusers
It has been that time of year when drink, and what can only be viewed as self-inflicted injuries, cause our health service to go into meltdown.
The mindless booze-fed injuries that occur is beyond belief and they expect to get free health care.
Having witnessed some of the problems the health professionals have to deal with, I am appalled.
If we are to retain the national treasure that we all need at some point in life, two things need to occur.
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People with self-inflicted injuries should be charged when booze is at the root of the matter.
When are people going to realise the sign means what it says – Accident & Emergency, not a drop-in health centre.
It costs just as much to process a case that should be dealt with by a doctor at a normal surgery as it does to deal with a real emergency.
Only when this gross abuse stops will we see a real improvement in the service.
The staff are drowning with people that should not be there.
My message is: wake up, get real, go to your doctor. Don't clog these highly trained professionals up with your minor issues – A&E is not a health centre.
For me, anyone engaging in the form of abuse that is clearly going on would get seen and given a warning on the first occasion.
Next time, it is an on-the-spot £250 bill if they wish to receive treatment when it could be given by their own doctor.
Enough is enough, and while those in the service cannot say what they feel, I can. It is time the free ride was ended for abusers of the service.
My thanks to the staff at Leicester Royal Infirmary and my sympathy for battling on in impossible circumstances. One guy even asked if he could have a sandwich because that was the time he normally had one and did they have a choice? It's A&E not Subway!
Some massacres have occurred at some American schools and it seems that this is because the Americans have a gun culture.
This is an example of cultural diversity which should be good but apparently this is a bad diversity, so they probably bought a packet of diversity past its sell-by date somewhere.
The basic problem, though, is that they have lots of assault rifles, which means lots of murders.
Though this is odd since the Swiss are supposed to have the highest per capita number of assault rifles in the world but have a very low murder rate. Probably the Swiss have the wrong sort of assault rifle.
Anyway, the Americans are criticised for wanting assault rifles to defend themselves from burglars, though the Americans say they want them to defend themselves from their Government. Still, the Americans only bought them so what do they know?
Our people say we are in a position to lecture the Americans because we took a moral position of banning guns, even though we actually introduced gun control because the Government was worried that soldiers returning from the First World War would shoot them for getting them into that mess. So we were lucky there then.
Anyway, the bottom line is that we can tell the Americans what they should do but they do not have to pay the slightest attention to anything we say because we don't have any votes in America.
Still, that little detail has never stopped us in the past, has it?
Russ Ball, Leicester.