This was sent into us by one of our readers. Yet again, it highlights the real pressures which our A&E staff are under.
‘Waiting in corridors, people sick in a bed
Some not so poorly, some look half dead
Doctors and Nurses all rushed off their feet
Clocking more miles than a professional athlete.
Angry guy at reception, thinks he’s fractured his arm
Screaming “get me seen now and then I’ll keep calm”
“The staff are all busy” Is the receptionists answer
“Trying to save a man’s life who’s dying from cancer”
The girl who’s hungover after way too much wine
Could of just slept it off and you would of been fine
But you came to emergency as you felt you were dying
Now the really ill wait for the bed you’re occupying.
People’s tempers are fraying, after hours of waiting
Patients slagging of staff, who can hear all the slating
But they turn a deaf ear, as they have work to do
Carry on with a smile as they look after you
A mother says they should hang their heads in shame
For the wait she’s endured, but who’s really to blame?
On his own in the street, when your kid took a fall
But’ we’ll patch up your child and we won’t judge at all
Your name gets called up and you’re finally seen
Yet you carry on moaning about how long it’s been
The nurse says she’s sorry, all watery eyed
She was comforting a parent whose child had just died.
Some folk are there, through no fault of their own
They’ve fell down the stairs or broken a bone
Some just have a cut or a graze to their head
Some OD’d on drugs, which one first gets a bed?
Ten hours into shift, staff not yet had a break
Hungry and thirsty and every limb has an ache
And the patients keep coming, though some needn’t be there
But they won’t turn you away, they’ll continue to care.
So next time you’re all moaning about our NHS
They are doing a job that a lot couldn’t do
Often working for
That don’t get free treatment, then where would we be?’
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