Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Don't blame the system for winter travel chaos. Stay put

Simon Jenkins says:
Hypermobility is now the opium of the people, an obsession that wrecks communities and planet. There are no free trips.

My solution to winter travel chaos? Don't travel. Stay indoors. Build a fire. Live and shop within walking distance of civilisation. Associate with neighbours. See distant relatives some other time of the year. Above all, do not complain if you insist on laying siege to motorways, stations and airports and the weather or the labour force let you down, as they do every year. It is not their fault, it is yours for being there.
I really don't know why people insist on not being London based journalists telecommuting from home.
If a hospital visit requires a drive of 50 rather than five miles, the NHS does not pay but someone does; indeed everyone does.
On the plus side, when you get to the 50 miles away hospital the economies of scale that entails mean that there might actually be some doctors and services there to provide you with at least a minimally effective service...that's if the doctors are allowed to get to work despite the fear of offending metropolitan pseudo-intellectuals.

Don't get sick this Christmas Dr Jenkins...and if you do don't you dare come to my hospital and screw up my already crappy Christmas day.


Dr Aust said...

He has sort of a point about people choosing to spend Xmas on a beach in Thailand... but to conflate it with people travelling to see rellies (a reflection of the fact that we don't live within 5 miles of all our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins any more) is crass enough...

And then to make stupid remarks about people having to travel to hospital is... as dumb as a box of rocks.

Or just about par for the course for him.

Wonder how much he trousered for these pearls of wisdom?

PS Talking of hospitals, Mrs Dr Aust and I were just speculating today, as we slithered across the death-trap icy pavement to get to the shop 100 yards away, about who else apart from the Orthopods would be the busiest over the holiday seasonal. A&E dealing with seasonal family fist-fights and ODs? Or psychiatry dealing w seasonal despair/suicide/etc?

pj said...

Apparently the figures show a drop in suicides over Christmas only for them to rise again at New Year...surgeons get a lot of RTA victims with the bad weather as do the orthopods...sadly it is said that medics get a dump of unwanted relatives just before Christmas.

shah said...

Nice blog. Quite simple and practical to the point.

Neuroskeptic said...

Does anyone live 50 miles from a hospital? I'd have thought even the remotest Highland hamlet must be closer than that to one. hell, Scotland's only 100 miles across!

pj said...

Good question - I live within 50 miles (road distance - not as the crow flies) of at least 9 hospitals (only counting DGH and larger with A&E departments) - I gave up counting at 9 so it could be more.

And that's not London I'm talking about - although the Midlands is pretty built up.