Right from the outset of Coronapop the country has been faced with a challenge as big as anything we have seen in most peoples lifetime. The Government was and still is slow to react in a rapidly changing situation. No doubt this will continue for months to come.
The lockdown has changed most peoples way of life and there may be no going back. Similarly many businesses and institutions have had to adapt to new ways of working.
Some people are already taking advantage of the excuse of Coronapop to push for changes they have been advocating for some time :-
- Banks have all but shut down on the High Street, on-line banking is what they really want us all to move to.
- Retailers have also switched to cashless payments, take it or leave it, that’s health and safety.
- All Government information and forms are on-line, if you can find them.
- GP’s have gone to ground, without too much of a sound.
- Hospital A &E departments have emptied now that the pubs are closed and the roads are free of traffic.
We do not need to go back to where we were before. Rather we need to adapt to the changes that have been forced upon us, to better accommodate everyone :-
- Banks have made themselves redundant by paying no interest to savers, and offering little help to lenders.
- Retail shops will have to offer a whole new experience in shopping to compete with on-line sellers. They have said it before, but they didn’t do it. How about tea, coffee an easy chair and a personal shopper who fetches and gift-wraps your goods. Some thing they already do in luxury shops and Japan.
- Government communication needs to be simple clear and honest. Only localised, face to face delivery will make this possible, supported by instant technology delivery systems. If Amazon can do it, why can’t the Government?
- GP’s have deserted the front line of health care with group surgery’s, locum doctors and deputising services. They need to get back in touch with patients and be the face of preventative medicine and the gatekeepers of acute care. Bring back the trusted family practitioner.
Hospital A&E should only be free for emergencies. Anyone else turning up should be charged.
THAT IS A START.