What exactly has the NHS got against runners?

Am I the only person who is habitually treated as if he’s been self-harming when he rocks up at casualty with a running injury? From what I hear from other runners I know, it’s pretty well standard procedure.

I have to ‘fess up that I’m not in the best possible mood to write this post tonight, as I’m currently clumping around the house in a ‘boot’ designed to take the weight off a stress fracture in my tibia.

Thing is, I actually first went to A&E with this injury nearly 6 months ago, telling them that I had acquired a stress fracture during a pre-marathon 18-miler. I was fobbed off on that occasion, and on several since; with the result that I’d been limping around for 5 months before the NHS finally caved in to my (slightly petulant) demands for an MRI scan, which revealed, and who’d have thought it, a stress fracture.

Frankly, I don’t know whose side the NHS is on. Salad-dodgers and smokers have literally billions of pounds and thousands of staff thrown at them; whereas those of us who take regular exercise receive only the most cursory attention when we limp into casualty wearing a sad face and a little pair of Ron Hill shorts.

Apathetic as I usually am to politicking and petitions, I’ve got a bloody good mind to start a ‘Look After Those Who Look After Themselves’ campaign, in a bid to make the NHS stop treating us slightly sporty types like second class citizens.

So, that’s it. I’ve had enough. I’m either going to round up some similarly sweaty oldsters and march on Parliament, or…I suppose…I could always sign up to BUPA instead….

Actually, that’s probably less hassle, isn’t it…

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3 thoughts on “What exactly has the NHS got against runners?

  1. I think the Romans got it right, (or was it the egyptians?) they paid the doc for keeping them well and when they got ill they stopped paying which was a massive motivation for getting you well again

  2. Love your humour…… here’s a similar story of dispair from the NHS.
    After finally dragging myself to my local docs for a hip injury I got this response….
    me – I go running regularly and about 6 weeks ago I fell and I think I’ve damaged a ligament or something and the pain is getting worse not better over the last six weeks.
    Doc – Have you tried stretching?
    me – Er, yes. I go running at least 3-4 times a week. I know what stretching is.
    Doc – I don’t think you should be running with pain in your hip.
    me – Yes, that’s why I’m here. Can you help me get back to running again?
    Doc – Try stretching and some painkillers and keep resting.
    me – ………er………is there anything else you can do/help/advise?
    Doc – No. The painkillers should help though. Thank you.
    me – ???
    Totally speechless and left with my heavy duty painkiller prescription.
    Sign me up to that petition! If I was overweight and smoking they’d tell me to get out for some exercise! rant rant rant rant….

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