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Heyho

Sensationalism journalism

Over the past few days I have been called in to work to form part of a group that manages a potential major incident. In this case someone had left a tap on and it had flooded and gone into the main electrics. Not clever.

Given this happened in a hospital the potential impact was great as it affected a whole wing. Anyway all I saw was total dedication from clinical staff. Difficult decisions had to be made like moving two critical ill kids because power could not be guaranteed for a long period of time (there are backup generators). Pregnant women were having to be moved to hospitals around Yorkshire, operations were being cancelled and emergency operations redirected. The impact was huge and as I say the professionalism of staff truly commendable.

But yesterday afternoon someone had complained to the YEP. A statement was prepared and sent to them which was polite, apologetic etc etc.

What the YEP would have been better doing is sending someone in for the 72 hours this incident was live and seeing just how something petty as leaving a tap on can have such implications and how people work their butt off in such circumstances.

It got me thinking journalism is all about reporting the bad news now. If you want the good news reporting then you have to stand on your soap box and shout. Twitter, Facebook its all about self flagellation now a days.

Why not go out and look for the good news stories.
Dalek

Hi Heyho,

I empathise with your situation today - but why would someone leaving a tap on cause such mayhem?

Couldn't the overflow of the sink/basin/bath/similar cope with this eventuality?  

Isn't this the real issue? - Not the person, but the inadequate infrastructure?

Then, it will not happen again.

But I am confident that you will have already identified this condition and will have made arrangements for the appropriate correction.
fartcatcher

Fashionable now to knock the Public Sector now. Started about 2010.

The price you pay for having real responsibility is that any incidents are scrutinised.
Heyho

Dalek wrote:
Hi Heyho,

I empathise with your situation today - but why would someone leaving a tap on cause such mayhem?

Couldn't the overflow of the sink/basin/bath/similar cope with this eventuality?  

Isn't this the real issue? - Not the person, but the inadequate infrastructure?

Then, it will not happen again.

But I am confident that you will have already identified this condition and will have made arrangements for the appropriate correction.


the thought had crossed my mind but some areas won't have overflows due to the possibility of human excrement being recirculated,

Think on this occasion there had been a previous flood due to a burst pipe and the work had been done to repair the burst but not necessarily any remedial work for the damage it had caused. Hence it mad ethe area much more susceptible to water damage
sheeps

Don't forget the fine people who worked tirelessly over the weekend to restore the power.
Heyho

sheeps wrote:
Don't forget the fine people who worked tirelessly over the weekend to restore the power.


Well most were contractors lol

Estates are great (well those left!)

Theres also the porters and the like who worked tirelessly to move people and equipment all over the place.

Like I say there is a hell of a lot of good within the NHS

Sadly there is also a minority hell bent of fucking it up
Late Doors

Newspapers or virtually any news media aren't in the business of making people feel good about other people. Especially public sector workers.

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