What is it now 5 months of a Tory government? (I won't even bother with the "coalition" bit - that's not what we've got)
Over the years, I've got to know my bowel "team" very well indeed and they know me too.
We have an unwritten code : I stay out of hospital until I'm on my knees, they admit me when I say it's time. ("time" meaning, "OK, this is probably getting a bit dangerous now")
I tell them where the strictures/blockages are, they do a cursory test or two to confirm, then the surgeon does his stuff and we save the NHS a few grand in wasted tests and bed space - every one a winner.
Well, for the first time in over a decade, a very harassed consultant nurse phoned me a few minutes ago - that's right, well past 7.30pm - to tell me there's no bed as yet!! The hospital is on "Black alert." Cuts have meant cancelling agency staff. I joked that it was a bit too soon to blame the government, but in her words, "We're in a terrible mess here already. For a good hospital like ours - a flagship hospital - it's terrifying."
So thank you all those who voted Conservative (and by proxy, the poor misled voters who voted LibDem) There was never any doubt in my mind whatsoever that this would happen, I just didn't think it would be this quick. Anyone who thinks I'm simply seeing things through those comfy old rose-tinted specs is more than welcome to meet me back here in 5 years time, (probably an op or two down the line for me) when it won't just be regulars like me who are affected, but all of you.....unless of course you've got a few grand spare to pay.