As some of you might know, now that I am semi retired and gave up law, I now do a few days a week as a community bus driver (16 seat 5 tonner MGW with lifting ramps for wheelchairs) helping the elderly, disabled and such like to get out and about to appointments or wheatever
Anyway, yesterday I had to collect a lady from home and take her to a community centre/village hall for her first covid vaccine.
She is a lovely old lady, has all her marbles and for someone in her mid 80’s pretty mobile as well, but she (sensibly) no longer drives and and relies on us for her transport needs.
Anyway, on Thursday, she had a phone call from the NHS telling her that she had to be at said community centre at 3pm the following day for her first shot.
She explained that she did not drive and had no family and she did not know whether she would be able to book a community bus at such short notice.
Whoever called her said that was not their concern, but suffice to say that if she did not attend then she would go to the bottom of the pile and have to wait her turn which could be several weeks, but in any case she could always get a Taxi. She lives about 15 miles from the community centre, and so a 30 mile round trip in a taxi was not going to be cheap.
Fortunately, we were able to get her tho her appointment along with several others, but my lasting thought was “What an attitude?”
NHS are going to lose even more supporters with that attitude!!!