Working within the NHS for 10 years in two different trusts, having previously worked in the utilities industry for 25 years, I have experienced de-nationalisation, de-regulation and worked under many managers, including the customer service company that UU spawned to take outsourced contacts from local government to betting and M&S, I think I have a feel from a low level administrative perspective.
The most frustrating things for me are
1. The fact that even in 2005 I was truly shocked at how far behind the rest of the world the NHS trusts were in IT, and how nepotism and only ever having worked in one industry was rife. They haven't advanced much further since but it is getting better, but just far too slowly.
2. The reduction in admin roles has meant clinicians having to do that work - but they of course either haven't the time or inclination to do it when they have patients to see to. We lose I don't know how many millions because of it. For example, each outcome from opd has to be updated and coded, so that we account for the work we do. They are mostly left blank, or just the same boxes ticked and things missed all the time. The clerk uploading this information wasn't even in the room to know if anything is missing, and even if someone like me with a bit of nous returns them to the clinician as they look to be missing information, they still come back as bad or you're given a wry look for challenging the status quo. I know they haven't the time nor should they, it's often the nurses who fill them in, contrary to what is supposed to happen, but the blind ignorance that they have that ultimately jobs are lost and future budgets are produced from this data seems to pass them completely by.
3. Private health organisations, more often that not employing exactly the same consultants, cherry pick the NHS referrals they deal with (simple, no emergency or follow up of any significance required), so of course you can get an appointment sooner than with the NHS trusts (happy patient). Thus leaving the more complex to the trusts (long waiting times and unhappy patients). Then these same consultants refer into the trusts (often to themselves) to take up the follow up. This all plays into the political media's hands and people are conned into thinking Private = good, NHS = bad. Complex operations cannot be done in the private forum, so again more costly ones are done in the trusts. Is it any wonder there is no money left.
4. When the utilities industry was deregulated it was painful too, but I felt confident we were moving in the right direction. In the NHS I feel we're dying to prove a political point
5. When I was Tupe transferred in the utilites industry having applied for a role in the new structure, my skill set was recognised and I got 5% pay rise. In the last 5 years my grade 2 job in the NHS has changed dramatically (expected) but I don't know how long I can do previous grade 3 & 4 work as well, under so much pressure with a no recruitment policy. Very good people are burning out and clinicians are leaving in droves. One or two have jumped before they are pushed, but we need the new blood in before a new structure. We have some inclination of a new structure, but no confidence that it will be managed successfully. Because we haven't recruited, people will be kept on in roles they have already deemed to have failed in, because of fear that we cannot handle the massive impact of moving as many people out or across etc as needed.
6. The slowness of it all - it drives me nuts - get the plan out there, and get on with it - but the problem is the plan changes every minute through all the politics and rhetoric.
It's one humongous elephant - I always say the only way to tackle one is a bite at a time - but we're biting off nibbles all over the place then trying to eat it all at once, then overnight it turns into an even bigger elephant, with larger tusks.
I hope I'm able to stick with it and we do get there eventually. I feel we can if the right managers are in place, but at the moment I don't see any that inspire me unfortunately. It's all doom & gloom, and looking after number one. Most importantly I hope we look after all our patients whether via the trusts or via private health care, whilst all the changes happen.
Hope we play as well as we can, in an uncontroversial game, for the great players and especially the young fans who hopefully will be looking back on this era as I have the past, with pride and fond memories of the best bits.
I fear a repetition of past bad memories, but hope I am wrong more than any of you would believe.
Big gob bullies don't cut it with me, and yes men do my nut in for being spineless.
Whatever the outcome today or in the future I will always support RL and Leigh (Centurions) RLFC as a team, and wish only the best for their great players old and new, and as said previously, most importantly, the young fans who are the future of any support Leigh builds, and who are still just loving the game and their favourite players, and don't know or understand all the back room politics and willy wagging playground antics of grown ups.
Halifax deserved all the plaudits today, and I'd sign Marshall for life. What he has done with a group of PT players is wonderful. Today is the best I have ever seen Fax play. Sure we were poor, but that's because they had us sussed in every department, and once they got a roll on they just made us look like the part timers. Scott Murrell was my MOM - he put some hits in and had influence all over the park. I blame the HKr cockerel / part time Fax fan for getting him fired up (those in the know will know who I mean)
I felt gutted for the Leigh lads, all bar maybe two who still let discipline slip, put lots of effort in but came up against a team determined to win. Every play we made went sour, then after the first 5 mins of the second half where Fax perhaps looked a tad nervy, they regained control so 75 of 80 mins were theirs.They had us sussed, we had nothing in the tank and no answer or 2nd ideas after plays went wrong. Once Fax got their confidence of the win, we just looked crushed.
I hope Fax continue to play so well, they'll certainly be contenders for top spot etc if they do next season. Win, lose or draw I'm LTID, I've seen much worse and of course much better.
I like to think that I'm not an 'obnoxious' 'arrogant' ''grub' 'thug' Leigh fan
I think the best team won, although I believe we were both flummoxed by some random officiating. I felt straight away that Haggerty should have been sin binned if not worse. The indiscipline aggravates me, but more the lack of nous that we have at times, which is giving Paul Rowley plenty to work with in after match reviewing. When I say indiscipline, I am referring to basic errors in play, not just the things that may end up at the disciplinary panel. Both teams had some of that, us more so maybe, but with the officiating being poor, it was not being controlled and stamped out early doors - no excuse, just an observation. I never thought we'd win against any of the SL clubs and it'll be hard against the CH clubs who are all going to up their game against us, so que sera sera....if they are good games to watch and the lads give their all, I will be happy - believe it or not, that's all I watch rugby league for, good teams up against each other, entertaining me.
I would prefer we were admired for our good rugby, and agree that it does seem to be 'fashionable' to slate Leigh before we've even KO most of the time. Diddums you may say, but some of the comments about fans and players, and the club, have had me nearly crying this season. The vitriolic language used is just plain nasty at times....maybe you believe one or two fans or club representatives have brought this upon us...I have shook my own head at times, but please, do not tar us all with the same brush. My family and the vast majority of fans are good decent people and support rugby league, not just the Leigh club.
Well done Wakefield, cracking away support and may the best 4 go or stay up.
I wish I had £20k to potentially throw away - good luck to whoever it is
It promises to be a great match.. We have family round for curry & rugby, and I'm looking forward to the usual 'get in!!', 'you've got to be joking', 'how did he just do that', 'they were all offside then' , 'could go either way this' , and the inevitable father/son discussions on plays, hitting rewind at every opportunity.
I like watching both teams, so may the best team win
People do know that all the clubs agree and arrange these fixtures don't they?
And please don't say Leigh fans as if we are robots. There's a snap shot view of a handful of fans of any club, on any SM platform, and as in life, he who shouts loudest....
I don't know if other SL clubs have any preferences, they probably do, but I have to trust that sound minded adults have come together and agreed the best fit for the fixtures possible, and that the RFL has made sure that it is fair and actually works, before announcing the clubs wishes.
The only doubts I have about Leigh, or any actual promotion is just a nagging doubt, paranoia, that it'll actually ever happen. Surely some rule will be found, some operating license problem....and that's all it is..the jitters. And all the CH clubs have one hell of a battle before we even get to the bashing of officials, that mysterious body the RFL, the clubs, players etc etc
We appear at times to love the doing all of the negative things more than the actual game we ran to get the to the best spot to watch as kids. It's a shame we all get older and find out about all the backroom politics of TGG. When I see my nephew & nieces kids getting so excited ( 3 - 14) it warms my heart, it would be nice but naive to think they will always just enjoy going, and not get as cynical as we do.
I wish none of the qualifier 8's were on TV - commentary team - VR influence (either get shut or have it at all games please) - lower crowds. But at the same time I wish they all were -intensity - top drawer rugby league
Glad all Leigh's matches are Sat & Sun, hope everyones games are injury free and with the squad we have, and team spirit, it'll be a very hard from minute one, but don't forget, all the oppo are thinking just the same. Whatever our lads can achieve I will always be a LTID . Hull KR after a CC semi, Salford after Wakey's give em a pummelling, Wakey after Bulls and Salford have given them real tests...and so on.
If we don't get any further than where we are today, it won't be for want of trying, and that's all I want, good entertaining Rugby League, with every lad who puts the shirt on doing it with pride.
Hope everything went perfectly, and that the hangover wasn't too awful.
By 'eck you look gorgeous petal.
thank you, I felt so happy it shone through I think, and seeing my children and brothers did me a power of good...back to polyfilla required
today ha ha
My new avatar is from my fav with my beautiful daughter - and the other pic is the pair of them, making me so proud. They helped their poor old mum throughout the day, they put up with all my pre wedding nerves, and we had such a great laugh too, I love them to the moon and back.
hello !!! My husband and I are so glad we met, via here, and even though many of you who knew Lee before me tried to shall we say, protect me being a delicate Lancashire rose, from his stereotypical Yorkshire man image.....shhhh don't tell anyone, but I found I brought out a different side to him
Joking aside, I am so happy and really proud to now say that my name is Mrs Lee Mannifield
There are a couple of photos in The Photography thread, and if you know me personally and are on FB, or twitter, you'll have seen lots of others too.
(If you see AMM about, it means my ID has been updated)