Record View: Health service is in a sorry state after treatment of 100-year-old woman
BOSSES say they're sorry for leaving a 100-year-old woman on a trolley for eight hours, but it beggars belief that a patient of any age should endure that ordeal, says RECORD VIEW.
HEALTH service bosses say they're extremely sorry for leaving a 100-year-old woman on a trolley for eight hours.
So they should be. It beggars belief that a patient of that age - or any age - should have to endure that kind of ordeal in hospital.
But that's what happened to Madge Jones at Glasgow's new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
She went for treatment after suffering chest and urine infections.
She lay on a trolley late into the night in an acute part of the building.
Madge and her family are understandably upset and furious at the way she was treated.
The family complained to the health secretary - but didn't hear back from her.
Time after time, these individual stories chip away at confidence in the NHS and the Government who run the service.
After the woeful experience is exposed, there's an apology and a heartfelt promise that the NHS is improving.
More often than not, the SNP are soon patting themselves on the back again and saying how well they're doing.
Meanwhile, the nurses and doctors who work all hours to meet Government-imposed targets are pushed even harder.
The staff on the frontline have been raising the alarm for some time now.
Next time the health secretary says "most" people are seen quickly in hospitals, remember the ones like Madge who aren't so lucky.
If a society should be judged on how it treats its elderly, Scotland isn't doing well enough.
Survival of fittestThe running of the NHS is down to the Government - but we all have a role to play in improving our health.
Shock new research shows Scots are still eating too much fatty food and sugary treats.
We all enjoy the occasional poke of chips or scoop of ice-cream, but it is important to do it in moderation.
The Scottish Health Survey also reveals that only a fifth of adults are eating the recommended five portions of fruit and veg every day.
These poor diets have long-term implications for the individuals involved and society as a whole.
Keeping an eye on what you eat and getting regular exercise is the best way to look after your health. It is our responsibility to make sure we do.
Failing to do so piles pressure on the NHS just as surely as it adds inches to the waistline.
Loch and awwThe beauty of Loch Lomond has inspired a box of love letters.
Rangers at the national park were stunned to find the Tupperware box containing the chain letters from tourists.
There can be nowhere as deserving of the tribute than the bonnie, bonnie banks.
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