More thoughts, submitted on an occasional basis by our Guest Blogger: Jack Diamond.
I was listening to the news recently and, out of the blue, I came up with some more quite staggering ideas to help the World run more efficiently. You might remember that I’ve come up with brilliant new ideas previously (see here) but, strangely, no-one seems to have taken up these brainwaves. But, anyway, not to be deterred here’s the latest…
Accident & Emergency
You will all have read recently, if you live anywhere in the UK, about the crisis in the NHS. Apparently there are too many people turning up at Accident & Emergency (A&E) Departments at hospitals with minor complaints, things which should ideally be treated by a GP.
The problem is, so we’re led to believe, that it takes so long to get an appointment with a GP that people go along to the hospital A&E Department to be seen more quickly. Obviously, this blocks up the A&E Department for those who have more serious complaints – actual accidents or emergencies, rather than a cold or sore throat.
Well, my cunning plan is…wait for it…why doesn’t every hospital set up a small department alongside A&E where the less serious patients can be diverted to, leaving the main A&E Department for the serious cases? This other department would be staffed by a couple of GPs – there’s already an ‘out of hours’ GP service at hospitals where you can go at night, for instance, if you have a minor ailment. Well, why not extend this to the daytime too?
The Triage Nurse at the hospital would decide, based on a person’s symptoms, whether they actually need A&E or can be diverted to a see a GP.
It sounds logical to me. But maybe that’s the problem? Huge organisations such as the NHS don’t seem to want to take the easy, cheap, effective solution. They appear to want to spend millions of Pounds on doing research and spending vast sums on computer systems when all that’s needed in some cases is some basic reorganisation and logical thinking.
So, that’s fixed the NHS. Now onto my next brilliant idea.
Black boxes on airplanes
We’ve all read over the past 6 months or so about airplanes crashing and the resultant search for the ‘black box’ flight data recorder (not sure why it’s called a black box when, I think, it’s actually red in colour) to find out the circumstances of the crash.
Well, surely the answer is for airplanes to automatically send the data not to the black box on the plane, but to a central data bank (or several data banks spread around the World) where the data can be retrieved instantly after an incident such as a crash.
This would dispense with the need for divers searching the seabed for the box and risking their own lives. We’re all familiar with ‘Cloud’ back up services for our computers, aren’t we? Well, isn’t it time that aircraft manufacturers caught up with everyone else in the World and backed up the flight record data ‘off site’ (i.e. to one of these data centres)?
Again, it seems so logical and straightforward that you’d wonder why it’s not being done already.
And, look, I wont even ask for any payment from aircraft manufacturers for using the idea (ok, a few grand would come in handy – hardly noticeable in the cost of a plane).
Now for something altogether less serious but slightly daft…
I recently bought a bag of peanuts from Lidl and, for want of anything better to do, glanced at what was written on the packet. And, yes, you’ve guessed it, there was the absurd health and safety notice informing the consumer of said peanuts that the packet ‘May contain traces of nuts’. Not actual peanuts, you’ll notice, but ‘traces’ of nuts!
I didn’t know which was more stupid, that the packager of the peanuts felt the need to inform the purchaser that the bag of peanuts contained nuts, or that I was only buying ‘traces’ of nuts!
Knew I should have gone to Waitrose or M&S anyway!
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