Opinion: Doing their bit for all

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Not a day passes without another NHS horror story hitting the national headlines.

A&E wards are reportedly like “war zones”. Patients are being treated in “Third World conditions”.

Fortunately, not here in South Yorkshire.

But as the politicians play the blame game, local hospitals are quietly going about the business of ensuring that our hopsitals will always be able to meet the needs of local patients.

And helping them are patients like Lynne Dawson and Brenda Riley.

They are both taking part into research into diabetes and are ambassadors for clinical research.

Together, the medical staff and their patient volunteers will work to find solutions to help people better manage their own conditions.

If they do this, fewer patients will require hospital treatment and that means resources will be freed up to treat others.

It is a long-term and vital policy which will ultimately mean a better service for us all.

Lynn and Brenda are doing us all a favour and more people should be encouraged to take part in the wide range of trials that our excellent teaching hospitals run.

It’s one example of helping others to help us.