Time to Follow My Heart
Many readers of my blog know that I spent a significant period of time working in the National Health Service (NHS) of England and returned to the US last September to work with a former employer. That required resuming a long-distance relationship with my spouse who is a university professor in England. It has been most unsatisfactory.
Which? Both. I haven't been able to realize my potential in my current role for a variety of reasons, most outside of my control and which I'm prevented from writing about in this blog. Maintaining a relationship across an ocean, although made doable with things like Skype and FaceTime, is ultimately not what I wanted when I got married.
Last week the NHS came out with a new publication, "The NHS belongs to the people." There was one sentence in it that really struck me: "we will not contemplate cutting or charging for core NHS services -- NHS England is governed by the NHS Constitution, which rightly protects the principles of a comprehensive service providing high-quality healthcare, free at the point of need for everyone."
This is my personal belief about health are. I do believe that it's a right, not a luxury. I want to work in that environment again. I'm discouraged about the future of healthcare here in the States and also about the health of the people of the US. I don't feel like I'm going to have an impact here.
It's time for me to return to my spouse, my life and my passion. I have a ticket home in early September.