Chris Hiley's blog

Movember: 13 Suggestions for Improving It. [insert ref. to 'unlucky' here].

I reckon Movember might need (but possibly not quite appreciate) some constructive advice on how I'd fix it. Here it is. 

Another MoMent with Movember

The following paragraph is lifted verbatim from here, the bit entitled "This is Generation Mo." 

NEWS: Woman points out she hasn't got all the answers on men's health. Movember 'surprised'

Here’s more from me about Movember and women. Using text copied from this page for the women of Movember termed MoSistas - what follows are some occasionally serious observations on semantics. The italicised text is mine.

I'm not hinting at misogyny this time - not in every comment - but I do wonder about their blithe assumption that women have an innate facility for dealing with health issues. Women's or men's. Nope. We don't. 

“Get involved MoSistas

A woman wonders aloud about Movember.

I’m more MoMotha or MoGran than MoSista these days but I’m legit. as a target for Movember fundraising asks – so I do have a stake in what Movember are up to and I pay attention. Now I’ve stopped taking any notice of its own estimation of its good effects, other reservations have also begun to emerge.

Their tone.

Oi. Movember. No!

I see the moustaches. I get the jokes, I groan at the puns. I marvel at the money. I spot the global reach. I understand the popularity. I grasp the style. I read all the words. 

What’s at the core though? It does come over very Emperor’s New Clothes if you concentrate and keep saying to yourself ‘Yes, that's all very well but what do they actually mean?’

We should all wonder about the content. It’s ours, after all; we paid millions for it.

How many people does it take to book an appointment?

A codicil to the previous post.

I have been wondering, vaguely, when an appointment for a brain scan would come through and if I should ring up about it. I was to be sent for one, as this was the outcome of the appointment which needed seventeen pages of information to prepare me for it, last time (see prev. post). I was both discharged from the hospital AND and booked for the brain scan at the same time. Odd, I agree, but it makes sense to me, so don't dwell on that. I am making a different point. 

Next time just send the flaming out-patient appointment.

Here’s a mad thing.

I am an Ealing resident. I needed a simple out-patient appointment at Charing Cross Hospital. I was sent one. I had to make one change, by moving the appointment to a new time the next day. I did so.

This month I’ll mostly be aware of….

Masses! Absolutely masses. Health awareness and charities….. Tch. It’s all gone to nonsense, hasn’t it? There are so many Days/Weeks/Months the concept is just silly, offering little of actual use to the audience. Many are only done because it’s ‘what you do’ in broad-brush healthee charidee way.

Who's got your back if you are over 75 and have cancer?

I have rather lost track of what is going on with cancer and the elderly in the UK. I’ve no idea how the cancer voluntary sector see elderly people and their place on the cancer agenda. How do they approach it in the policy, information and support, campaigning, research and awareness spheres?

So. Get that train of thought back on the rails.

Should nurses spend a year doing basic health care? Really?

Nurses have been criticised for not being caring or compassionate enough so the Government say that in future prospective nurses may be asked to spend a year working as healthcare assistants, doing basic jobs such as washing and bed making.

O joy. Wrong problem. Wrong solution. Has Gove taken over at health?