I don’t admire the “Beast from the East”, which was probably a cause of the pneumonia for which I was rushed by ambulance to Calderdale Royal Hospital for five weeks.
But I admire with amazement the warm care and concern of all the staff, not least the young female nurses and the fewer males. It was the NHS in all its perfection and the two-page spread in the “i” newspaper (June 14) shows that such verdicts are nationwide and normative.
As Aneurin Bevan said in 1959 after the tenth birthday of the service, “I am proud of the NHS, it’s a piece of real socialism … real Christianity too. From our bankrupted nation, this thing’s nowhere else in communist or capitalist country.”
Of course there are a few valid criticisms, mine being that our NHS should employ a chiropodist to remedy the absence of toenail care after operations.
But I was unaware that out NHS extends to running convalescent homes at Pellon and elsewhere, with the hospital ethos extended.
I understand that Calderdale Council, much maligned by many, including me on occasion, is one of only two authorities which provide their local NHS with premises for post-hospital care.
All in all it would be lovely for the public to treat our staff to a yearly NHS Day.