Apr 09, 2010
"If it doesn't clear up in a week, come back and see me" says the doctor, cheerfully. That's a joke, the receptionist tells me there are no appointments for a fortnight. People think healthcare in the UK is free. But its only free at source- we have some of the highest taxes in the world- and you can't get an appointment when you need one. I don't expect other people to pay for my spots, and I don't want to pay for their weight loss, cosmetic surgery or birth control.
I am modelling a wedding dress tomorrow, the first time I will have worn one. My Grandma can't understand why I'm not married at 34. When she was 17 she went to the cinema, had fish and chips, and married my Grandpa in her Sunday Best. They made it work and were happy until my Grandpa died aged 67. His cancer was misdiagnosed by the NHS until it was too late. Proud as ever, my Grandma declined help from MacMillan nurses and cared for him herself. DLA sent her a cheque for £1000 which she ripped up. Now lost in the modern world, I am her carer.