Happy New Year to everyone! Everything seems back in full swing now as we enter the second full week of 2017.
I'm experiencing a difficult journey down to London as I write this - as trains are cancelled and delayed due to a fatality on the East Coast Main Line which is tragic. Thankfully our local train service is relatively reliable compared to the terrible experiences commuters are having on Southern Trains. Still the Government's cavalier attitude to the annual hike in rail fares sits badly against the PM's commitment to make things better for those who are Just About Managing!
The main thing catching my attention last week was the continued pressure on local health services and the British Red Cross saying there's a 'humanitarian crisis' in UK hospitals. It's clear that we are not the only area struggling with pressure on our system.
In meeting with North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group it's clear everyone is trying their very best to make the system work. But with an ever ageing population and insufficient resources our national and local health systems are creaking. As a local GP, who I bumped into whilst emptying bags of leaves at the tip, said to me - there really just needs to be more money put into health if it is to do everything we want it to. And, he added, people need to better understand what to go to the GP for and what to shrug off. People need to become more resilient: more easily said than done!
It looks like Scunthorpe United might be becoming more resilient again as they held on to their 3.2 lead in a tense half hour at Glanford Park on Saturday and are back in second spot in League 1.