"Let's be a part of each other, not apart from each other"
I appreciate a lot of people are not in the mood for politics at the moment, especially in our interiors-focussed corner of Instagram. But I can't take a picture of my Christmas tree without this @robryanstudio poster in the background so I might as well nail my colours to the mast and acknowledge where I stand.
Next Thursday we have the opportunity to let our voices be heard. I know it's all a bit of a sh*show right now and can feel like a choice between the lesser of two evils. As I work in the NHS, I'm not really meant to share my views as they've told us to stay impartial 🤐 Having seen first hand the impact of austerity and the way funding cuts have pushed our hospitals to breaking point, I would urge you that if you want to save the NHS, if you believe treatment should remain free at the point of care, then please vote for whichever party in your area stands the best chance of beating the Tories.
The NHS is a fantastic institution, not without its flaws of course, but it is an ideal worth fighting for. In my almost 20 years of working in the NHS I have seen the difference proper investment makes- waiting times come down, quality improves, innovation shines. I value the huge contribution of the 1 in 4 NHS staff who come from outside the UK. We have already lost 5000 EU nurses since the referendum, at a time of a widening staff gap due to an ageing workforce, plummeting student applications since the bursary was scrapped, and many nurses leaving the profession because it's just too stressful working in a hard job when your ward has a 25% vacancy rate. Brexit would be a disaster for the NHS, putting us up for sale in a trade deal with the US.
At the end of the day, whatever your views, please just remember to go out and vote. Here endeth today's sermon. And by the way, here's a glimpse of my tree!
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