Wednesday, 22 July 2015

It's Never Easy, These Days

It's Never Easy, These Days, is a book about the NHS from the point of view of Gareth Hollbrooke, a retired NHS hospital manager.

He reveals some home truths about life within the NHS.

Like how a hospital manager has to deal with fights over car park spaces between consultants? How he must cope with senior surgeons who are out for metaphorical blood?

How he must cope with hippy travellers who decide that the hospital car park is an ideal place for them to live their alternative lifestyle, whilst putting two fingers up to the staff and patients?

How to cope with a bossy medical secretary, how to spend one's days firefighting one crisis or another, or perhaps several, all at the same time, dealing with doctors who aren't from round these parts, learning what the various staff member are supposed to do and learning what they actually do. often above and beyond, as they say.

He also points out how control of a hospital can so very easily be lost, if the manager loses one thing. (You'll find out what this is, if you take the time to read this absorbing and truth telling book)

He also reveals what actually happens during hospital board meetings with unwarranted accusations of murder, grandstanding, shroud waving, position taking, point scoring and so on.

The period covered is from the 1970s right up to the last decade of the 20th century. It contains stories of horror, pathos, bewilderment and confusion interspersed with moments of real humour.

At £9.99 this book by Matador, will tell you are you ever wanted to know about NHS hospitals and their management.

A healthcare worker who read the book said: "This is a fairly accurate book, though obviously biased toward the viewpoint of a hospital administrator!"

It's available for purchase from the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop, powered by Amazon. on the righthand side of the site.

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