Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Care for the dying

Most of the daily papers are carrying articles on the inadequacies of care of the dying within the NHS - click here.
We need a proper debate on what medical research is necessary/feasible and desirable. Every different group; prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, liver disease, heart. lung etc etc is busy researching away on methods and drugs that will eradicate the disease and/or mitigate the effects of the problem. These all cost ever increasing amounts of money. Are we prepared to write an open ended cheque? Currently we seem to want to prolong life so that people can get dementia and then have euthanasia to polish us off. Perhaps we should focus ore on quality of life rather than prolonging life. We need a reasoned debate on these issues but as politicians will be involved this looks very unlikely.

Monday, 4 May 2015

It's over!

Well the five days of living on a £1 per day are over. I must admit that the bacon sarnie for breakfast this morning was really great. If nothing else the past five days has taught me how lucky I am. i did this as a challenge and to raise awareness of the 1.2 billion people who have to live on the equivalent of £1 per day. For them the reality is that there will never be a bacon sarnie for breakfast. It has made me feel very humble.
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Friday, 1 May 2015

Living below the line - last day!

Last day of living below the line. I can look forward to a fry-up for breakfast tomorrow. But for 1.2 billion people it will be the same food tomorrow as it was yesterday and the the day before, etc etc. It does make me realise how lucky I am. The tough part yesterday was being at a conference and watching the others eat lovely food whilst I had a sandwich with a meagre filling on basic bread. It has been a worthwhile exercise and has made me think differently about those less fortunate.