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Most of us are fans of the NHS, if not of what it costs, around 7% of GDP. In 2019-20 prices we spent £153bn on health. This is ten times more than was spent sixty years ago.

For my family, the NHS has always been there when needed and much appreciated at times of births, deaths and (touch wood) infrequent other needs.

Most recently my 96 year old mother in law was taken poorly. It was an infection which, when you are 96, can be serious. It took the hospital five weeks to get her back to normal and then the care packages swung into action; four visits per day plus a physiotherapist on occasion. Even the communication was commendable – but it does help if you get your head around the system. But bravo – it worked.

In a similar vein I have to say there has been much criticism of GPs of late. The same mother law developed a leg sore of some sort that looked like it shouldn’t. We made a call to the GP surgery, followed by submitted photographs, received a call back from the GP and a prescription was issued and available, all within eight hours.  That’s the benefit of good communications and I have to say our GP practise did very well – so thank you!

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With autumn comes more magic in the sky. Thank you once again to Issy Runswick for the pictures on this page, taken around the Chilterns.

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