Mark 80 Years of Practice
friends have celebrated the landmark of 40 years service each in the
NHS – after starting work at the same place and on the same day in
Georgina Morrison, District Nurse at Edge Hill Health Centre, and
Sue Power, Team Leader at the Treatment Rooms in Dovecot Health
Centre, met when they both started their first day of nurse training
at Broadgreen Hospital on 4 January 1971.
More than 40 years
later, their friendship has held strong – as has their relationship
with the NHS. And just as they started their working life together,
they’ve just both celebrated their ‘Ruby anniversary’
with the NHS – at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust.
Their memories of life in the NHS are fascinating, with Georgina
remembering trainee nurses needing permission by their Matrons
before they could become engaged.
She also remembers living in nursing accommodation which were almost
Dickensian by today’s standards, with late passes only being given
until 11pm at weekends.
59, whose career has taken her from Broadgreen Hospital to
Edinburgh, Chesterfield and Gobowen in Wales, says:- “I can’t
believe I’ve clocked up 40 years. I’ve seen many changes during that
time, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the great camaraderie
amongst the nurses.”
Sue, 58, has also enjoyed a varied career, which has included a
short break from the NHS when she worked in Occupational Health at
factory John Dickinson’s, a 35 year stint as a District Nurse for
Liverpool Health Authority Teaching, and a 30-year role as a
District Nurse at Queen’s Drive Health Centre. She says:- “It
is the enjoyment of the job that has kept me here – and patient
contact is what I enjoy most of all.”
Georgina and Sue are now planning a 40th anniversary reunion on
March 18, 2011, for any former colleagues who started training at
Broadgreen Hospital in 1971.
Anyone who wishes to
contact them should phone Georgina on:- 0151 487 3702.
Have you had any postal services problems this year?
IN the last
few weeks of 2010, the weather was so bad that it affected postal
deliveries, combined with the Christmas post. But by now most
would think that the backlog has been delivered, but we are getting
wide spread reports of more problems and late post. In fact we
have received post from 1995 a few days back! We put that one
down to a freak delivery error. Yet when we have checked
most of the post seems to be getting in on time, yet some are
postmarked and when opened are dated around mid November 2010.
So what we now want to know is have any other readers had delayed
post and if so what was the date franked on the envelope and date
inside the envelope. Please email us by 12 noon Tuesday, 18
January 2011 to our New Room email address,
Government plans will safeguard future of Postal Services
IN advance of
the final stages of the Postal Services Bill in the House of Commons
tomorrow, Minister for Postal Affairs Edward Davey on Wednesday, 12
January 2011, set out the urgency of the Government’s plans.
Edward Davey said:- “Two cornerstones of British life – the
Royal Mail and the Post Office – are at a crossroads. Our policy is
to break away from the years of decline and push ahead with plans
which promise them both a brighter future. We won’t repeat the
previous Government’s post office closure programmes. The Post
Office is not for sale. Instead we are providing £1.34 billion of
new funding and developing new reasons for customers to keep coming
through the door. Royal Mail has a multi-billion pound pension
deficit; is faced with rapidly declining letter volumes; needs much
greater efficiency and has an urgent need for capital at a time when
there are huge constraints on the public purse. A visit to a sorting
centre just before Christmas brought home to me once again the huge
task that faces Royal Mail. Staff were working incredibly hard to
ensure that endless rows of presents and parcels bought online were
ready for delivery. The digital age is presenting the company with a
different set of challenges – and only with fresh ideas,
modernisation and more investment can Royal Mail really adapt and
thrive in this new market. The Post Office also has to rise to these
challenges and make the network even more attractive and convenient
for shoppers - expanding new services for customers and small
businesses using their local post office to drop off and collect
parcels. I know how much people up and down the country value these
great institutions and the vital services they provide - the
Government is determined to secure the future of both.”
The Government’s Postal Services Bill will now be considered by the
House of Lords.
Edward Davey said:- “Royal Mail has to go further and faster
to innovate, modernise and adapt better to the digital age – that
requires substantial investment. The Government believes this
investment needs to be delivered by the private sector, to bring
with it the commercial disciplines Royal Mail needs to become a
world-class postal operator and to free it from the spectre of
Government intervention in management decisions.”
The Bill includes the following proposals:-
The requirements of the universal postal service – collection and
delivery of post six days a week at uniform, affordable prices are
written into the Bill. The Government has no intention of
Royal Mail will be able to benefit from an injection of private
capital - ending the dependence on funding from the taxpayer and
bringing new commercial disciplines into the business.
Alongside private sector investment:
At least 10% of the shares in Royal Mail will go to its employees in
the future. This will be the largest employee share scheme of any
privatisation, larger than British Telecom, British Gas or British
Royal Mail will be relieved of its enormous historic pension deficit
by the Government.
As part of a general reform of the regulatory regime for mail, the
existing regulator, Postcomm, will be replaced by Ofcom, the
communications regulator, with the Bill providing for the transfer
of Postcomm's regulatory responsibility and its staff to Ofcom.
The network of around 11,500 Post Office branches is not for sale
and there will be no programme of closures under this Government.
Instead there is £1.34 billion of new investment.
Under the proposals contained in the Bill, the Post Office could be
converted into a mutual structure as part of innovative new plans to
hand over its ownership and running to employees, sub postmasters
and local communities.