Jason Manford’s issues getting a GP appointment sparks online debate about the current system
The comedian took to Twitter to vent his frustrations over the current NHS booking system
Jason Manford sparked a huge debate about the NHS this week after sharing his frustrations over not being able to get an appointment to see a GP.
The comedian, from Salford, took to Twitter to vent about the current booking system adopted by the NHS for GP appointments. He explained that he had tried to book an ‘urgent’ appointment for a scan for someone else but simply couldn’t get one.
He wrote: “This country! Tried to book an urgent GP appointment for a scan (not for me) but you can’t get one! You just have to ring up every morning at 8am and hope to get one! How is that a workable system?!”
His tweet instantly sparked a huge debate online, with some agreeing with him but others accusing him of ‘GP bashing.’
One person, clearly having issues with their own GP, wrote: “Yep – I’ve just been told I’m too late to speak to anyone this morning. I said I have run out of tabs and need more. You told me to ring today. No time given. I will now be given a call back. This new system is appalling.”
However, another social media user implored: “It isn’t a workable system @JasonManford it’s broken. The NHS is grossly under resourced & understaffed. GPs are hugely overworked & underrecognised for what they do. Please don’t add to the GP bashing. They’re working as hard as they can with fewer GPs, more patients and less £.”
The comedian followed up his original tweet by sharing a screenshot in which he explained that, coming from a family of NHS workers, he wasn’t attacking the NHS itself, but the system which is ‘underfunded, mismanaged and unworkable.’
He wrote: “As I can see my words being misreported in the press this is the final thing I’ll say on the matter. It’s an upsetting time for my family and so I’m gonna leave you to have the discussion. It’s good to get angry and have these arguments, as long as they’re directed correctly.”
This comes just one week after Rossendale Borough Council raised concerns over the current booking systems and availability of in-person appointments since the pandemic. Councillor Alan Neal said that patients are visiting NHS walk-in centres and accident and emergency departments as an alternative to the lengthy waiting times to see their own doctors.
He said: “This is not a criticism of the medical profession. It is a criticism of the organisational system. A few years ago, CCGs [clinical commissioning group] were were set up across the country but, sadly, that system is not fit for purpose.”
Dad accidentally buys 60 pairs of reading glasses
‘He thought the packaging was a little excessive’
A dad accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses after misreading an order.
The dad has gone viral on Twitter for his massive order of reading spectacles. He was left baffled as to why the parcel was so full when it arrived at his address on Sunday March 26th, leaving his son in stitches.
Tom Arnold, 61, from Perranporth in Cornwall, thought he’d only ordered one pack to share with his wife — not a whole shop’s worth. Radio and podcast host, Chris Arnold could not stop laughing as he witnessed his dad open the parcel with a bewildered look on his face.
The viral tweet read: “My Dad has accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses off the internet after misreading the quantity of his order.”
Speaking about the mishap, Chris said: “I just found it hilarious, he said he thought the packaging was excessive, then he opened it up and the box was full.
“He seemed confused as to what had happened. We looked at the order and he had ordered 12 packs instead of one, as they were for him and my mum, plus spares. The order came to over £100 but he’s managed to get a refund!”
He described the incident as ‘very funny indeed’, saying it ‘cheered up’ him and his family. As the tweet went viral and accumulated thousands of likes, Specsavers jumped in on the banter as they tweeted: “Do we even need to say it?”
Chris joked in reply: “At this point guys, I don’t think you do. P.S. Are you interested in buying 59 pairs of reading glasses off my dad?”
They hilariously replied: “If you can’t shift them you might want to consider adding an extra 118 eyes to your dad’s face.”
Specsavers tweeted an update on the situation: “The glasses have been safely returned, but Chris’ dad deserves a bit of good luck. How about a free eye test and a brand-new pair of glasses for good measure?
“You really should’ve gone to Specsavers.”
Aldi is selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort
Suitable for festival season!
Aldi is now selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort — they even have arm and leg sections.
If you love to go to budget supermarket Aldi and have a wander over to the middle aisle, you’ll know you can find all sorts of handy and unusual things to buy.
Aldi shopper and TikTok user Paris de Jager sharedwith her followers how she picked up a wearable sleeping bag ‘onesie’, that even has leg and arm sections.
The social media user upload a video to her TikTok account @parisdejager showing her modelling the bright pink seasonal must have.
She wrote in a caption: “The sleeping bag one-z you never knew you needed until now.”
She ‘catwalked’ in her home as she showed off her incredible new bag suit by Adventuridge, looking ‘snug as a bug’.
Her video has racked up over 137k likes and many people were amazed at her incredible Aldi find.
Her followers flocked to comment and rave about the hot pink cosy number.
One said: “might just have to purchase for DofE.” Another added: “need for weekends.”
And a third joked: “Glastonbudget.” A fourth chimed in : “My reading outfit sorted.”
Aldi launched a similar wearable sleeping bag last year, and it weren’t long before the cosy suit sold out online.
You can purchase a wearable sleeping bag in time for festival season here.
Grandma, 85, from Greater Manchester chosen as face of new Adidas advert
Well done, Barbara!
A ‘fit as a fiddle’ charity runner, 85, from Greater Manchester has been chosen to be one of the faces of a new Adidas advert.
Barbara Thackray, a grandmother from Altrincham, runs 10k twice a week to keep fit. She has been chosen — alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer, Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube advert — as one of the faces of to feature in it.
The retired college lecturer took up running eight years ago, aged 77, to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.
She has been raising money for the hospice since her sister died there in the 1990s.
She said she watched the new advert ‘on a little screen’ and it was ‘fine’, adding: “So long as they were prepared to make a significant donation to St Ann’s Hospice, I felt ok about it.”
Ms Thackray has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for over 10 years — including during her sister’s illness and eventual passing.
She’s not planning on stopping running any time soon.