Comment

Cut the NHS some slack

We should celebrate our health service more instead of always grumbling about it, Walthamstow resident Jane Harrington says in a letter to the Echo

Credit: Sturti via Canva

I meet lots of local people in the course of various voluntary tasks. It’s sometimes difficult to avoid hearing worries and grumbles about GP services being bad. But we don’t seem to devote the same energy to celebrating them when they’re good?

A couple of weeks ago I went along to my practice to ask for a face-to-face appointment. I was braced for third degree triage, a steer towards doing it by phone instead and if lucky, a slot in two weeks.


This story is published by Waltham Forest Echo, Waltham Forest's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.


What did I get? An appointment in less than 48 hours. Once there I was seen bang on time. I was carefully listened to (for more than ten minutes!) and I got a referral for a couple of procedures ‘to be on the safe side”. That very afternoon I got phone calls from the two different institutions involved to arrange appointments before Christmas.

And no, I am not at death’s door; I’d just amassed a list of a few health queries and concerns. We all know GPs are having a tough time but they are trying very hard to get things right for us. I’m sure it helps a lot if we can be cheerful, polite and focused when going.


No news is bad news 

Independent news outlets like ours – reporting for the community without rich backers – are under threat of closure, turning British towns into news deserts. 

The audiences they serve know less, understand less, and can do less. 

In celebration of Indie News Week, Public Interest News Foundation's Indie News Fund will match fund all donations, including new annual supporter subscriptions for the month of June.

If our coverage has helped you understand our community a little bit better, please consider supporting us with a monthly, yearly or one-off donation. 

Choose the news. Don’t lose the news.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month.  £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or annually 

More Information about donations