By the time I was a student, there were no hospital beds in the UK.
We had a small hospital in Glasgow, which was run by a local businessman.
It was run as a general practice hospital, and it was funded by the Scottish Government, but its budget was funded primarily by the NHS.
When I went to university, I was going to a private hospital, but I didn’t know any doctors who were going to the hospital, so I had to go and speak to my GP.
He said: ‘It’s a private patient.
You can go and see the nurse.
There are lots of private doctors here, but you can’t see them.’
So I went and spoke to a nurse, and she said: I can’t do that, I have a duty to patients.
I thought: ‘No, I’m not going to have to see them because I’ve got a duty and I’ve just been told they’re private.’
So that was the moment when I realised the NHS was not providing the best care for me.
I remember being told that it wasn’t appropriate to have a private doctor, because that’s what I would have done if I’d been in a hospital.
The NHS has changed.
Today, you can see a GP and a private nurse.
They don’t have to be doctors, they don’t need to be nurses, and they don,t have to tell you what’s best for you.
I didn,t know anything about medicine.
I was told I’d have to learn about it.
I spent two years in a specialist care unit, and in that time I met people who were in similar circumstances, who had had similar experiences.
They said that the NHS really did provide the best of the NHS, but they also said: You don’t learn what the NHS is doing when you’re in hospital.
You learn what you have to do.
When you’re at home, you’re the only person there, and that is the most painful.
I learnt about other people’s experiences.
I saw that people were struggling, but when you are in a ward, you don’t know who you are or what you’re going through.
You have to deal with all these people, but it doesn’t give you any understanding of the people around you.
It’s not about the patients.
That is what the private sector is for, to make money, to profit, and when you start to feel that, you know, ‘This is not the NHS I know, this is not what the people here think is best for them’.
I’ve always been fascinated by medicine, and I have always wanted to be a doctor.
I’ve wanted to see what it is that the doctors are doing, and if it wasn, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it.
At a certain point, I realised that I had no choice, I had been told: ‘You’re going to get a general practitioner.’
I don’t want to be treated like a nurse.
It made me feel like I had an obligation.
I felt like I didn.
But when I went into hospital, the NHS recognised me and said: We’re going along with it, because we want you to be happy.
The government funded me.
The private sector had to pay for me, but there was no choice.
You just have to accept it, accept that the private industry was paying for me to come here.
That’s why I started this organisation, because I didn;t want to go in the private business, and the private medical sector was paying the bills.
I had spent two-and-a-half years working in a general surgery ward.
The experience was different, but the people I met were very grateful.
There was one lady who was very supportive.
She said: If you were in hospital, we would be very happy for you to go home.
And I felt, like, ‘I know, I could be better.
I can be better than that.’
So my journey has been very positive.
I don;t think it’s a good idea to be the type of person who can’t accept the fact that you can be the one who makes the decision about your care.
It really did make me realise that there are lots and lots of things we can do differently.
I also realised that there was a way for me not to have all this, because you can say: ‘Well, we are in charge, we have to pay.’
The problem is that when you say that, what happens is that you don;ve to say: I’m going to leave the NHS and become a private practitioner, which is not something I can do.
So what I am now doing is taking the opportunity that the government has given me, and working to make a difference for people like me, to give them a better, more secure, more private, more personal and more secure healthcare. We’ve