I’m very proud to be British. Cut me and I’d bleed British blood out onto our beautiful land and rise again and again until there was no more red to run. To be British means staying calm, regardless of the circumstances which surround you. Most Brits are able to do this for years, our patience is amazing. Stiff upper lips cannot be removed through Botox alone.
For me, this calmness is particularly important. My mental illness finds our unspoken rules reassuring. Things like strangers holding the door open, the silence held by dozens of travellers on public transport, ‘lady’s first’, ‘age before beauty’, a pride in public space and a knowledge that the government doesn’t piss off the masses constantly.
Then there are the spoken laws. Our wonderfully polite, safe, easy to follow road systems. Our police force, unarmed, dutifully patrolling our streets. Our military forces, keeping us secure. Our administration making sure we pay our way and receive our dues – perhaps this has not been quite so awesome as late. And, of course, our health system.
Education was a law I thought we had. Meaning, I thought every child in the UK had the opportunity of a fantastic education. I was educated at many British schools, all pubic. At each I was taught solid foundation science, maths and English. Geography and history were biased towards certain areas of the world, but I was taught it all the same.
My appreciation of Britain came about because I travelled abroad.
I’ll just leave that there.
My own patriotism makes me suspect that others will feel the same loyalty about their own countries. This is evident in comments I’ve had angled at me. One Obstetrician at the Royal Sussex in Brighton told me a ten-day overdue baby can’t be uncomfortable as women give birth whilst working in the paddy fields where he was from. Reassuring eh? Makes you wonder why he even bothered to became an Obstetrician though, don’t it?
So, I’m a proud British person, so how can I be happy to dumb down my intelligence when I see the doctor? Our government educated us to a certain level so in some degree it is responsible for our enquiring, intelligent society. Perhaps this is why funding towards religious schools is the highest it has ever been, perhaps we have become too clever for our own good. I do jest but only slightly.
The reality of religious education institutions is that they are liable to produce graduates who think the world is flat, girls who believe they are not worthy unless dressed appropriately and boys with an inflated sense of ego but mainly they produce followers, students who do not question. I doubt this can be good for any society, but it definitely is not good for Britain’s.
These students go on to become nurses, soldiers, doctors and more. When a religious doctor is questioned, they falter, they can’t compute. Even if it’s done in the most polite and efficient manner, they are still offended. I have had religious beliefs dictate my treatment, care and outcome for decades and it’s becoming worse.
I have an example. Although lawful and available on NHS I was refused a termination. Simply put, it was the doctor’s fault I was pregnant. He failed to warn me the antibiotics he prescribed would stop the contraceptive pill working. He then told me that as well as shingles I was pregnant and that he did not believe in termination. He told me the baby was a blessing. This does not sit well with my sense of fair play.
I have thirty years of these stories all real and all sad that they happened to me in this great country. At twenty years old a pregnant woman with no family has no options but to go to a private provider. I ended up having a termination at sixteen weeks and leaving the clinic with pelvic inflammatory disease and my life has never been the same, costing the NHS thousands over the years to fix.
Religious doctrine is not an education. It has no base in science at all. At most, it is a social and leisure activity. Religion does not belong in our hospitals, apart for comfort of the dying. It doesn’t belong in our schools, unless it is a subject being taught and it cannot be over prevalent in our police or armed forces. Queen and country are best served by those without other ‘lords’ surely?
More recently, I questioned a doctor who wanted me to collect a stool sample. I had sickness and extremely loose stools with abdominal pain. I explained it would be impossible for me to physically collect anything as the viscosity of the stool would not allow it. (Sorry) . I asked that I have a cotton swab for the area instead. He pulled back, screwed up his nose and said. “Oh no, the rectum will have ‘bad’ bacteria on”.
I’ve realised since joining my GP surgery that they are all religious, very. Christian scout leader religious. The type that may believe disabled people are ‘emotional vampires, that illnesses can be attributed to demons or devil possession and that you mustn’t go near someone’s anus, as it’s a bad place, a place of evil doings…
It seems to me that caution is needed when recruiting religious folk into the NHS. Unless they have been taught at a non-religious college, I cannot trust the knowledge that they have obtained is as good as it needs to be. MRSA is on the rise purely because staff are refusing, that is correct, refusing to swab anuses. I did the research and so did the NHS in Scotland. It’s a problem which is getting worse as infection rates are on the rise within our hospitals.
So, I’m asking for change. I’d like the doctors and nurses to be as informed as me at the very least! I’m asking for schools, hospitals, council policy, military forces to not be held accountable by religious folk standards as they are not proper standards. Blessing a room is not the same as giving it a bloody good clean. Blessing children is not the same as educating them.
No longer will I be dumber for a doctor to save their feelings. Why are their feelings so important? It’s not right and it’s not helping our health, education or security. I recently found out that Kings College Hospital has opened a sister branch in Saudi Arabia with interactive relations with the UK London Kings College Hospital.
KCH London is funded by the NHS our government helps with student loans and support of foreign students. So I hope someone else will pick up on this story as our NHS needs all the support it can get. I’m sure it does not need other hospitals in other countries not paying into the system but benefiting from it.
May I remind the British government that SA is a segmented country. Males and females are not allowed through the same door in Saudi Arabia. How does this inequality marry with our laws and way of life? How will these doctors view a modern Brit? How would they view a non-religious person being that in Saudi it’s against the law to be an atheist?
I mean it’s stupid that in England I cannot talk about my ‘female problems’ (his words)with my GP and that he requests that I make an appointment with another doctor. This was to discuss my menopause…. The menopause is something which will affect half the population and is only suffered by females. The doctor he requests me to see only works on Thursdays.
Again, this does not appeal to my sense of fair play. We need to keep an eye on where Britain’s funding is going and there needs to be a pull back from supporting religious organisations with taxpayers money. Let’s get the fairness back and the stupidity gone.