A story continued…
Dr. Helen Gould and Dr.Prakash Mehrotra are the Partners at the Fortune Practice. Helen had set up the practice with her now deceased husband 30 years ago.
No one ever discussed Helen’s longstanding platonic affair with her longstanding practice manager Donald…
Helen and Donald were looking at a property in Morocco on the internet. Things seemed so different form 3 years ago. They had decided then that Helen would take 24 hr retirement in 2012, collect her lump sum and buy somewhere for her and Donald in the future.
Things were good back then, it felt like the NHS had never been stronger, services were abundant and moral was high…Now things felt tense…who knows what would happen to her patients in the new NHS in the hands of the commisioning board and Monitor?
What she really cared about was the four walls of her family practice…her castle that had delivered excellent care and collaborative links for 30 years…
Prakash, the other partner was with his patient Roy. That last TIA he had had rendered him blind. Roy sat like a voyeur, in his wheelchair , now only functioning on perception
His only family was in Dubai. No skype for Roy , just a strong locus of control and the support services that he could access…which seemed may be fast dwindling.
20 years of time spanned the conversation the men were about to have.
Roy was an ex civil servant. His last days were coming, he had written his living will and he was fighting to be a person and not a target on register.
Prakash would exempt him therefore
“ Fight em “ said Roy , I don’t believe them, just because the NHS is free doesn’t mean it’s what it was…
I know what we bled out of your generation to keep the NHS alive. There wouldn’t be an NHS if it wasn’t for docs like you: trained to institutionalise governance , education and continuity of care. I know, you’ve been looking after me that long, since we were young men. Fight any government for this. Of course they will oppose you, your ethical, moral and professional attitude will win, because you care for your patients, not your own personal interests
Prakash had fought but the NHS had been destroyed…he pondered on the way forward….