‘Remarkable people in remarkable jobs make a difference to others.’

Keira, Year 10’s submission for a writing task that featured in a previous GCSE paper

There are many different jobs out there that are necessary to our lives. Some affect people more obviously than others. Not many people in the world fully appreciate everything that goes into their lives and making them what they are. From binmen to teachers, there are a variety of jobs out there; however, I still believe that some of the most remarkable workers are those in the NHS.

When you were younger did you ever think of doctors as magicians? Some of the work they do is truly miraculous, bringing people at death’s door back into a somewhat sense of normality. That is what doctors have done for my family and many others over the years. The fact they can help so many people recover and give so many families hope is what truly helps show how dedicated and vital their work is. I believe this is one of the reasons many people aspire to be doctors: to help people. To bring hope to those who have none. It really is an honourable profession.

There’s lots of training involved in becoming a doctor including five years at university studying medicine; but I believe this is the first test, the test of dedication. This shows that they’re willing to put lots of their time aside to help people. People who they have never met. The next test comes with dealing with the loss of your first patient. Some people are incurable and have lived their final adventure; you must accept this and move on. You must accept it’s not your fault and that there was nothing you could have done. Forget the “what ifs”, what’s done is done.

This brings up another issue doctors face: medical negligence charges. Everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of being human, but in medicine one mistake is the difference between life and death. Therefore, you can be charged with manslaughter, murder, negligence and be sent to jail, fined and lose your job. In my eyes this is unfair. These people are trying their hardest to save everyone they can, and when it goes wrong, that’s the end of their career and the end of their livelihood. I feel this needs to change; as I said, we’re all humans and nobody is perfect. Is one slip-up all it takes for an incredible honoured doctor to become a murderer, a criminal?

Finally, if you need any more proof as to how incredible the NHS is, think about current events with Covid-19. Throughout this pandemic our doctors, nurses, and other NHS staff have continued to work tirelessly, risking their lives for the greater good of our country. Hence the name “Unseen Heroes”, unseen majority of the time but constantly heroes. Where would we be without the

NHS? Most likely, dead. So many people would have died from common, curable illnesses and the Coronavirus would have wreaked even more havoc on our country, causing the loss of thousands, if not millions, more lives.

When we clap for the NHS, what do we really do it for? Because everyone else does it? I think not. We do it to honour and thank the doctors, nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists, dermatologists, and the many, many more workers in our National Health Service. I believe that people take the health service for granted and they forget that the staff are people, working hard to help us. I’ve read many stories about staff being verbally abused by patients. Is this acceptable? Their jobs are hard enough, with the number of patients they treat and the number of symptoms they must consider, don’t make it any harder for them than it already is.

The NHS is not a charity and it never should it be. It is a necessity to our lives and to our country. We would be lost without it. Therefore, we should take care of it as it cares for us. This means that you need to use your common sense. Do you really need to see a doctor? When you do see a doctor, you need to remember they’re not a wizard, there is no magic cure that will fix all your problems. Remember basic manners and don’t say anything to the staff that you wouldn’t want said to you.

This is our NHS. A place where hope is given to so many. A place where people are at their lowest. A place where the marvels of science seem like magic. A place where everybody is equal. This is our This is our National Health Service.