This is my kitchen table, measuring 8ft x3ft and covered in unused sealed dressings left by district nurses who treated my mother's leg following a carcinoma.
The green blobs that you can see are Sorbat dressings ( 5 to a pack) and retail at approx £1.20 per blob. I have 280 of them. The rest of the dressings total around £100. Total around £380 waste. I can't of course return them. My question is, why are district nurses allowed to take and leave so many, when clearly they're not needed?
In the foreground is an arm brace, cost approx £140. It is a single use brace. I understand that for hygiene reasons they may not be reusable. (My husband had a triad break in his arm, a torn ligament and a dislocated elbow. After 9 days in a cast, and 10 days in this brace, and following advice of orthopod at Royal Lancaster Hospital he was still in great discomfort and could barely move his arm.
We sought the advice of a private surgeon at Wrightington who ONLY "does" elbows. Prof Watts comment " I don't like casts or braces Steve, do you mind if I take it off"
Steve was then given 2 simple exercises to do every hour for 5 days. Within 48 hours the pain had gone and he was playing his guitar again. My next question at the follow up appt was - why don't all orthpods sing from the same hymn sheet? Watts replied " that's a very good question, why indeed?" My husband had an expensive cast and an an even more expensive brace. All unnecessarily.
Friend in Cheltenham ( worth a bob or two I might add) is overweight with high blood pressure - he was offered free gym membership - courtesy of the NHS - for 6 months.
This is all money wasted ladies and gents which could be redirected to the treatment of cancer patients and other patients, and yet the NHS constantly pleads poverty.
How much more waste is there? Millions of pounds worth that's how much.
If no one does anything then nothing will change. We now hear that an extra 2.5 billion is being channeled into the black hole of the NHS. Doubtless this too will be frittered away unless the management system changes.