Dear Mike, Chris and all postmen/women,
47,300 brochures were handed over at the very large (I am told) SW RM station Friday am. Dear Nick our postman, told me at 8.15 last Saturday, as I was delivering a load of logs I had cut and split, that the brochure was on doorsteps already!
I thank you, the workers in RM for sticking with oppressive management and helping a man who wants to serve his country, having served already as a doctor first (St Mary's 1964) and then up to full time 1992 and part time 2005 - helping waiting lists - TKRs, and seeing, treating often with simple 'cortisone' injections, diagnosing in 7 GP surgeries. One in Dartmouth where a visit to a DGH in Torbay or Plymouth was a day long and often pricey.
You and I will never give up. Millions of Britons did not in 1939. Born 14-04-40 My Dad Joe, a self-taught electronic engineer with a sparse education, found a crater courtesy of the Luftwaffe in Southampton on December 1st 1941 - the family radio (him) and electrical business being one of 4000 'hits' with 40,000 incendiaries - they could see the glow from Cherbourg.
OUR NHS will rise again. If I am elected I will help ensure that. See the young doctors and nurses from North Devon DGH excise -with its useless board. I do not know it. Likely but. Iwas appointed there in 1975 as a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. I said there in latter years 'it is all process and no thought'! I trained at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, Exeter and my appointment was to it as well. 120 beds, a fine history, the origin of the Exeter 'Hip' and world known. NO overflows with acute medical patients etc. A very high esprit de corps, a hospital we loved working in. 4 modern theatres, first class nurses, physios and occupational therapists - all staff to Brian the head porter. 9 out of 11 surgeons fought for it - Torbay wanted the joint replacement income in essence. BULLDOZED under a Tory government c. 1994. >> into the DGH where, in spite of some THR/TKR patients going home the day after surgery (wrongly), there are never enough beds to help 33 surgeons do their work. 5 consultants in 1992 but high grade training staff with them.
I fought Thatcher's (Chicago School) 'Internal Market' alone amongst about 70 Torbay consultants. Main reasons - would double admin cost, damage morale with a myriad of junk titles and destroy the happy triangle - real family doctors/patients/specialists. In the first year, £1.3 billion, was added to a £32 billion budget for ''administration' as I forecast. And the otherr predictions came true as well.
Finally, do read this. Never Give Up
David (Halpin MB BS FRCS)