My mother needs an operation on her knee and is, unfortunately, at the mercy of the NHS.  After quite a bit of waiting, lots of letters and so many telephone calls that she has lost count, she managed to get an appointment with an Orthopaedic Consultant, an MRI scan and another consultation.

Although the consultant confirmed that she will more than likely require surgery, he wanted her to have some physiotherapy first.  That is when the entire situation turned in to a farce!  Again, numerous letters and telephone calls have been required and she is at last on the, wait for it…,  waiting list for physiotherapy.  The real joke is that the waiting list for physiotherapy is so long that her appointment to see the consultant to assess its value is scheduled for early March, before she is actually due to start the physio!

You really couldn’t make it up could you?