We have got a new Health Secretary, Matthew Hancock and he is full of new ideas. Well they are old ideas really. SOCIAL PRESCRIBING, remember these two new buzzwords, they are about to revolutionise care of older people in the NHS. That’s if you believe Matthew Hancock 🙂
Go to see your GP from now on and you won’t get a pill for all ills. Instead you will be told to go to the cinema and watch the latest blockbuster movie ——- something like Fantastic Beasts 2 or Aqua Man or Oceans 8 —– just the sort of thing that would appeal to older people. Or your GP might suggest you go for a walk, a very long walk, never mind your poorly feet. Oh and don’t come back, to the surgery that is. Or perhaps bingo is your thing, we all know old people like bingo and now your GP might even prescribe it for you. Or if you can find one, go for a day out on a bus with your free bus pass, which you can now get with your free prescription. It looks like cinemas, bingo halls and buses will be jammed full of older people before long, all clutching their free prescriptions.
Longer term, maybe just before the next election, Mr Hancock is working on another idea to reduce costs in the NHS and solve the country’s immigration problem, all in one new swoop. “Happy holidays” on prescription. Free flights to anywhere in Europe, then you can claim welfare benefits in the country you are staying in. Oh and you will need a visa to get back into the UK. There is a 58 page application form online at http://www.onewayholidays.gov.uk.
You can already tell that Matthew Hancock is brimming with great new ideas for older people. He must have spent time in the Last Laugh Looney Party 🙂