Ambiguity

Pride shone through the Mayor's eyes as he announced the 2 million € project to the press and to the world. It had been a hard fought battle, but at last Littleknown was to get a hospital complex to rival the big university medical schools scattered around the country.

"This is fantastic news both for the region and for our town. The new centre will thrust us onto the forefront of many medical battles and provide a much-needed economic booster for our town. It will put Littleknown not only onto the map, but right at its centre, and will provide hundreds if not thousands of jobs over the next ten years. We couldn't have hoped for anything better."

Watching this the few remaining patients at the Littleknown Cottage Hospital didn't feel any of the pride of their Mayor. To be honest the news scarcely touched them. All they felt was immense gratitude for the small staff of the local cottage hospital who gave their all to help make their final days, weeks, months, - for some even years - such a positive experience. Little did they know that they were witnessing their own demise. Unknown to them the price for this wonderful, progressive, colossal piece of anonymous, technological brilliance would be the closure of their little piece of paradise.

Hospitals is the theme of this week's Sunday Scribblings. If you click here, you'll hopefully not end up in one.

10 comments:

Ahh yes the demise of personal care when sold out to capitalistic conglomerates. Very nicely done.

26 October 2007 at 18:48  

My SS also deals with a change from a small hospital to a huge, modern one. I'm not saying the change I experienced was negative -- the new hospital remains a public one -- but there is still something kind of sad about it.

27 October 2007 at 09:00  

Isn't that the way? Something lost but what has really been gained?

27 October 2007 at 16:26  

yes... there's good and bad... but the lost of "personal touch" is sad...

27 October 2007 at 17:00  

our parents wanted to provide us with everything they never had... and all we want.. is what they had... where is the irony????

27 October 2007 at 18:54  

Nicely told about Littleknown. I spend lots of time trying to see what's so wonderful about new and big - when old and small isn't bad at all. Hmm. I like your write!

28 October 2007 at 00:57  

A good take on the prompt. Our local little hospital pulled up stakes and moved three miles into a pristine textbook model of a hospital. Cold. Cold.

28 October 2007 at 03:09  

hospitals are big businesses these days...lots of competition and striving to be "the best" takes away the bedside manner.

28 October 2007 at 14:04  

Wow! How true. And how well written.

28 October 2007 at 22:10  

Hopefully they will instill the values of Littletown into Big Hospital.. somehow I doubt it. Nice piece.

29 October 2007 at 02:19  

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