Pressure is subjective, some feel it others don't, it's impossible to compare an Emergency room situation with someone sitting in an HR office about to lose their job, or a surgeon performing an operation, a sportsman lining up for a final they've trained their entire life for, pressure is what you personally feel.Who are under far more pressure than the ones that provide services for us then?
As for the NHS I have had various dealings with it most of my life through a failed marriage to a paramedic, a partner who was a trauma nurse,CQC inspector and now Care Home manager to numerous family instances where the NHS have kept family alive.
Nothing but respect for those that choose this vocation.
Shame others don't have the same.
I've had far closer dealings with the NHS in the last 6yrs than I ever hoped, everyone of the nurses, consultants, neurosurgeons, chronic pain specialists have a great deal of sympathy and empathy, however... a large number of them also forget about you the second you leave the appointment, I waited over 2yrs for a Neurosurgeon appointment via the NHS, eventually my solicitor inquired about private treatment, £900 later and I had an appointment the following week.
I was sent to Kent & Canterbury hospital for a Denervation procedure, I was mistakenly put down as a private patient, I received a letter asking me to contact the receptionist to arrange an appointment time etc, when I arrived I was shown into a private room just off the public ward & given a card with the operating Dr's contact details, the operation was carried out and I was discharged.... a few days later I had reason to contact them so I called the "private number" on the card, during this call it was discovered that I was not a Private patient, the attitude instantly changed from helpful to "you need to ring this new number and leave a message, someone will get back to you", 2 months later I had a reply to the message I'd left by which time the issue had resolved itself, the same Dr's carrying the same procedures but the level of care is a world apart.