When I was a child and not very well, my mother used to give me a spoonful of jam to get me to swallow any tablets or take any nasty medicine. Most children have an inborn dislike of pills and potions. It seems that by the time we get to sixty plus, we have all learned to love them, if we go by the amount of medication consumed by older people.
See my early blogs:-
- “Pill, Kill or Cure – 17th July 2011
- “Pilly Galore” – 19th December 2010
- “A Pill for Everything” – 7th September 2010
or just look in the TAG CLOUD under PILLS
I wonder how this pill popping dependency came about? Judging by a recent report in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, it appears that the drug companies have found a way of sweetening the pill by using the same approach as my mum, but in a rather more extravagant way. It appears that in the name of “educational and scientific meetings”, NHS staff are being taken to exotic locations and luxury hotels to learn about new drugs and medical treatments. Obviously doctors and senior NHS managers need to get away to far off places before they can think clearly. Evidently, far away places which are Centres of Learning, like Mauritius, Las Vegas and Sydney, are natural destinations. The Health Trusts involved assure us that there is no possibility of their staff being influenced by their all expenses paid trips. Absolutely no chance at all!
Furthermore, there are other safeguards to avoid corruption – the drug companies have very strict rules about providing hospitality(presumably that means they HAVE to provide it) and the NHS has a clear division of responsibility between the prescribers of drugs and the staff who agree to purchase contracts (I assume the prescribers go first class to the far off destinations and the purchasers only get to go to a caravan site in Bognor Regis).