Why the NHS needed a Zombie Apocalypse for Christmas
Awaiting the publishing of the NHS Ten Year Plan felt a bit like Christmas Eve. Exciting, suspenseful, and with just a hint of apprehension that the big man might not deliver what we hope for. My Christmas viewing this year was not quite as planned as years gone by – more like the boxing day smorgasbord of leftover time, than the polite and pristine feast of Christmas day.
My kids insisted on the Greatest Showman, and I can only apologise to neighbours, fellow tube travellers and strangers in neighbouring cars at traffic lights for the resultant discordant humming of all too familiar tunes. As the lyrics of ‘Never enough’ spoke of ‘towers of gold are still too little’ I couldn’t help a wry smile at the response to the five year forward view, and wondering if wise men still journey with stranger gifts. But the assertion that a ‘million dreams is all its gonna take’ seemed to me to be far more accurate. Albeit that might suggest that a third of our workforce don’t have that sort of vision. I’ll let you decide on the laggards to leading-edge ratios for yourself.
But for me the most interesting of observations came from the strangest of genres. I had never really been into zombie films in the past, but the hilarity of Shaun of the Dead and Cockneys vs Zombies drew me in.
Santa brought me a strangely wonderful present. I’m a bit of a prepper, and love watching Ray Mears’ survival skills. So, when a Haynes Zombie Apocalypse manual was unwrapped under my tree I was delighted. If ever you’ve been in a contingency planning situation, you soon realise that it’s the things you hadn’t imagined you would need to plan for that bite you. Maybe the invasion of the undead is a little far-fetched. But the courage to cultivate contrarian views and to consider the potential devastation of a so-called blackswan event might just be the tonic we all need alongside a healthy measure of London-distilled long-term plan.
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