Back in the old work days I worked as part of a County Council (sort of) and we were required to convene and act on "sustainability" i.e.. cutting our footprint on the world's resources. I sat through regular, long, boring meetings talking about turning off lights/heating, not using the photocopier, cheaper ink, communication without paper. I won't go on but it is obvious the NHS has never been asked to do this!
Last week I got out of synch with the Health Centre to renew my prescriptions and suffered the consequences of having to make 16 phone calls (15 getting a busy signal of course, no queue system) at 8.00 am to get an appointment for 35 seconds of a doctors time to authorise something on his computer screen. You will gather I was not in a chirpy mood by the time the prescription was filled. I was also very hot as I had cycled to the surgery and the indoor heating there was on very high. When I got home I unpacked the paper bag. This is the haul to deliver to my hand 60 pills weighing less than an 5 grams in their foil wraps.
24 stick on labels printed inhouse
24 A4 sheets of closely printed duplicate instructions
12 paper bags
and the most annoying?
12 printed prescriptions - I order on line and when you see the GP (once a year) he authorises on line. I am never asked to sign. So why print it out every time!!!!
Multiply that with the last 10 years, and at least 20 more, - I have generated my own paper NHS mountain.
I understand it all needs to be kept clean - and I suppose I should say thank goodness it is, because in the current pharmacy set up the basket with my name is on the floor, under a counter, in a dusty walkway.
Do you suffer stuff like this?
I am going back to the garden for quiet, sane weeding - look out docks and nettles I need to work off some aggression today!