‘I can’t help thinking that’s it’sreally rather easy to come up with wise sounding aphorisms’, said Piglet to Pooh one morning.

‘It is Piglet’, said Pooh, ‘But you’ll find it very much harder to actually live by them’.


‘Pooh,’ said Piglet one morning, ‘have you noticed a bear and rabbit repeatedly turning up on your newsfeed offering the same winsome advice for which we were once known?’

‘Yes I have,’ replied Pooh, ‘and frankly it’s doing my head in.’


‘What’s the matter, Piglet?’ asked Pooh.

‘I feel anxious..overwhelmed by all that I’m asked to do working in the NHS’

‘What do you see around you?’, asked Pooh.

Piglet answered quickly. ‘I see a long,long list of those I need to see today, the anguish in the faces of people waiting for pain relieving surgery, the inevitability of ever longer waiting lists, the fear of those who can’t get an emergency ambulance in a timely fashion…and I see no hope of it ever getting better’.

‘What do you hear?’ asked Pooh.

‘Criticism in the press, demands for more from those in power, sadness in the voices of those with whom I consult and desperation in the voices of those with whom I work.’

‘What can you smell and taste?’ Asked Pooh.

‘I can smell something fishy going on and as for taste…well it’s the taste of things to come’, answered Piglet.

‘Now…what do you feel?’ asked Pooh.

‘Worse than ever’, said Piglet.

‘Well that went well’, thought Pooh.

#PoohAndPigketReflectOnTheNHS, #Mindlessness

‘What’s the matter Piglet?’, asked Pooh seeing his friend looking sad.

‘Oh Pooh’, replied Piglet, ‘it’s just that The Hundred starts this week and I’m so worried about what franchise cricket will do to the county game’.

‘I share your concern Piglet. That’s why I won’t be watching The Hundred and will be following the RLODC instead’.

‘Will that help?’

‘I don’t know Piglet – but that doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do’.

Piglet paused. ‘Who will you be supporting Pooh?’

‘Why Somerset of course!’

‘Will they win?’

‘Oh I should think so. Would you like to come with me to a game?’

‘Can I Pooh? That would be nice’.

‘It would’, agreed Pooh, taking Piglet’s hand. ‘it would be very nice indeed’.

Then Piglet wasn’t sad anymore.


Other NHS and GP related tales:

To read ‘Mr McGregor’s Revenge – A Tale of Peter Rabbit’, click here

To read ‘A GP called Paddington’, click here

To read ‘Bagpuss and the NHS’, click here

To read ‘Mr Benn – the GP’, click here

To read ‘Jeepy Leepy and the NHS’, click here

To read ‘The Three Little GPs and the Big Bad Secretary of State for Health’, click here

To read ‘A Dream of an Antique Roadshow’, click here

To read ‘Dr Wordle and the Mystery Diagnosis’, click here

To read ‘The Happy Practice – A Cautionary Tale’, click here

To read ‘The Scrooge Chronicles’, click here

To read ‘Jeeves and the Hormone Deficiency’, click here

To read ‘General Practices are Go!’, click here

To read ‘A Mission Impossible’, click here

To read ‘A Grimm Tale’, click here

To read ‘The General Practitioner – Endangered’, click here

To read ‘The Repair Shop’, click here

To read ‘The State of Disrepair Shop’, click here

Other cricket, and especially Somerset cricket, related blogs:

To read ‘How Covid-19 stole the the cricket season’, click here

To read ‘A Cricket Taunt’, click here

To read ‘Eve of the RLODC limericks’ click here

To read ‘It’s coming home…’, click here

A Jack Leach Trilogy:

To read ‘For when we can’t see why’, click here

To read ‘WWJD – What would Jack Do?’, click here

To read ‘On Playing a Blinder’, click here

To read ‘Coping with Disappointment’, click here

To read ‘Somerset CCC – Good for the soul’, click here

To read ‘Longing for the pavilion whilst enjoying a good innings’, click here

Published by peteraird134510580

Nothing particularly interesting to say other than I'm a GP with an interest in emotional well-being, an avid Somerset County Cricket Club supporter and a poor example of a Christian who likes to put finger to keyboard from time to time and who is foolish enough to think that someone out there may be interested enough to read what I've written. Some of these blogs have grown over time and some portions of earlier blogs reappear in slightly different forms in later blogs. Apologies for the repetition. What I have posted today (6th August 2018) consists of what I have written over the last few years - whether I write anything ever again, only time will tell.

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