Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Blogging will be light

I guess this new found experiment does take up a lot of time when you get going. Blogging will be light over the next few weeks as I'm having to deal with a few family matters in addition to spending even more time with the family in the process, which is a blessing in disguise.

I leave you in the capable hands of Dotcommentator and Senedd Whip, and note that the freebie and first-to-do culture of the Welsh Assembly Government hasn't diminished. Nice gesture, but will it impact on budgets? - I can think of plenty of areas that the money could be spent on within the NHS (or other policy areas) and so can you, but suppose an easy-pleasing headline-grabber is needed by Welsh Labour pre-election. God help us!

You can still contact me in the usual places, if not by email (top right).

Pippa x


Anonymous 4 March 2008 at 09:49  

the 'free parking' gimmick is an absolute discrace.

How does it dove tail with trying to get people not to use their car?

Where are the hospitals going to find the lost £5m?

Why not charge a small fee on people who are ill, or rather, take less from people who are healthy. Where's the insentive to look after yourself?

There won't be enough parking space. Who will police the car park so that non-patients don't abuse the system ... and from which budget will that attendant be taken no that no income is generated?

A niminal parking fee for patients is a very small price to pay for a 'free' service, think of it as a tip!

God help us. The Welsh NHS is a joke. This NHS nationalism where everything is 'free' is bankrupting a system and giving no insentive to people to take care of their own health.

An embarrasment!

Anonymous 4 March 2008 at 12:35  

Have some quality time with the family but please don't go away for too long.

Anonymous 4 March 2008 at 14:01  

How much of the five million quid actually went to the NHS? This is how much income the car parking companies received... how much is passed on to the NHS?
Anon's comments about NHS 'nationalism' are pathetic - how many hospitals have decent public transport? If you're elderly or infirm there are little options but to use a car. A 'small fee' for the ill? It becomes a large fee if you're having to attend on a regular basis.

Miss Wagstaff 4 March 2008 at 14:14  

Personally, I think that patients should be able to park for free and a small charge for visitors. Those visitors who have to attend on a frequent basis - long term sick relative - should also be free of charge.

Dotcommentator 4 March 2008 at 16:03  

Whichever system is best it is quite refreshing to see the BBC actually covering things in the UK outside of London and the Home Counties. I have noticed that in 2008 the BBC1 evening news has been a bit better.

The BBC Trust is currently looking into reporting of Wales (http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/politics-news/2007/11/17/is-wales-losing-out-to-a-bbc-pro-england-news-bias-91466-20119623/) - I guess the early results weren't good for the BBC and there was some crisis meeting to head off more criticism of Auntie.

Steph 5 March 2008 at 14:45  

What a wonderful blog! I'm glad to know about it.

Damon Lord 5 March 2008 at 19:57  

From unfortunate experience (sick relative, now fine fortunately), at the Royal Gwent Hospital, visitors to sick relatives the High Dependency and Intensive Care Units got free parking slips to put on the dashboard.

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