Trust needs to make up its mind Life holds lit­tle value

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - JoHn KEnnEDy Wal­ton, Peter­bor­ough ROS­SAnA PInTO Peter­bor­ough

EaR­LIER in the year it was nec­es­sary for my fam­ily to put my fa­ther into a home.

Due to the se­lected home be­ing more than three miles from his doc­tor, at the Bret­ton Health Cen­tre, it was nec­es­sary to find him a new doc­tor – which the home did for us.

This got me think­ing and I re­alised that I was liv­ing out­side the three mile ex­clu­sion zone of my own health cen­tre. So I tried to join a health cen­tre closer to my home – I am in fact only 2.8 miles by road from the Bret­ton Health Cen­tre and a lot less if I was to cy­cle through Bret­ton Park.

Last week I col­lected the forms to fill in and took them back at the al­lot­ted time this af­ter­noon.

Imag­ine my ut­ter dis­be­lief when I was told that I can­not reg­is­ter there be­cause I have the wrong post­code.

I think who­ever is re­spon­si­ble at the lo­cal health care trust should make up their minds ex­actly what cri­te­ria should be met.

Do I need to be within three miles, have the right post­code, be able to bal­ance on my head and drink a pint of wa­ter, or what?

It amazes me how this coun­try is still in busi­ness with the way the bu­reau­crats can­not put in a set of cri­te­ria to be met and then stick to it.

as an ex-sol­dier who has been in civvy street for four years af­ter com­plet­ing 22 years ser­vice, is it any won­der that I have ab­so­lutely no faith in civil­ians be­ing able to or­gan­ise a what­sit a brew­ery. maybe I just should not have both­ered try­ing to do the right thing in the first place.

The sor­row­ful story of the man left to die in east­field Road quite clearly shows that moral char­ac­ter and hu­man as­pect of care is frag­ile in to­day’s so­ci­ety and there is some­thing in­hu­man and Or­wellian about the tech­no­log­i­cal sys­tem to con­trol be­hav­iour.

We need to un­der­stand that sit­u­a­tion, rather than char­ac­ter usu­ally mat­ters more in how peo­ple be­have. Not so that we can let them off but so we can have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing why peo­ple be­have the way they do in such an­guish­ing cir­cum­stances.

Lack­ing sym­pa­thy and com­pas­sion peo­ple who walked past him com­mented they thought the poor soul lay­ing on the pave­ment may have been a drunken tramp, hence they walked away. Why should this have made any dif­fer­ence?

Our well­be­ing is threat­ened by the cold and cal­cu­lat­ing ex­is­tence our world has be­come.

The ex­treme lack of so­cial be­hav­iour con­sumed with self ob­ses­sion por­trays hu­mans with no re­gards of value of hu­man life.

My sym­pa­thy is with the fam­ily.

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