In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.
I’m going to stay close to home this week. My winner is my old cycling buddy, Steve. Steve and I first met when we travelled up to London each day together – and then cycled to our respective clients at the other end. We both grew to hate that commute, but adopted different solutions.
When my parents died, I stopped going up to London altogether, to concentrate instead on sorting and selling their house. At roughly the same time, Steve bought a place in London. A tiny, one-room shoebox in Clapham.
It probably turned out to be an excellent investment, as property prices just continue to rocket. Even though he stopped going up to London to work when he was made redundant because of COVID, he has kept the apartment. Over the years, therefore, he has grown to deal with two doctors surgeries, one in Salisbury and the other in London. Both NHS.
Steve is mid-to-late Sixties. He was unlucky enough to have prostate cancer, and was operated on about this time last year. That’s where he was lucky – after this (keyhole) surgery, most people recover enough to be back at work in 4-6 weeks, but Steve had several months to convalesce.
Fast forward to the present day. Steve is not surprisingly based at his “main” home in Salisbury. He contacted his surgery in Salisbury, to see when he would be vaccinated. “*!@% off”, was their straightforward response.
So Steve contacted the NHS doctor he still has in London. He has the inconvenience of travelling up there, but he is receiving his first jab tomorrow.
It just goes to show how you have different areas moving at different speeds, even in our tiny nation. And I sympathise. With limited vaccine supplies, for every winner there are bound to be many losers. Unfortunately I don’t see any way to prevent this.
But I do hope somebody is working to minimise this imbalance, at least.