In an effort to correct a shortfall in central funding, the Mayor of London has taken the route of diversifying stringent controls over Londoners. Amongst these measures, in order to control the spread of COVID19, has been to impose measures on older Londoner – those eligible for a Freedom Pass, which enabled them to travel across London at any hour of the day or night. The new measures mandate that the Freedom Pass can be used only after 0900 in the morning, and not between the hours of 0430 and 0900. Needless to say, this poses an inconvenience for any Freedom Pass user who would have otherwise used public transport to keep an early appointment. Most [early] hospital appointments, for example are given to older people. I myself have experienced being given regular 0815 appointments at a hospital in Surrey, which necessitated getting ready nearly two hours before. Oh, the joy of getting out of bed around 0500 to be ready for transport at 0715. If we were lucky we would just about make it to the hospital on time. If you’re wondering why older people are often offered appointments earlier in the day, I can tell you that it is because some older patientsare afflicted with allergic reactions to latex. This restricts the use of standard issue latex gloves in their case, and so they’re usually scheduled first, after which the doctors scrub up in preparation for the regular cohort.
EXCLUDED – and Demoralised! By Bridgit Sam-Bailey PAiL Committee Member