H Barnsley v Q.P.R.
H Brentford v Fulham.
D Bristol Cty v Blackburn.
H Derby v Millwall.
H Leeds v Cardiff.
D Nott For: v Sheff Wed:
H P.N.E v Luton.
H Stoke v Reading.
H Swansea v Middlesbro: (None)
D Wigan v Huddersfield.
Boro flashback this day 1984
14th of December seen an OG from Shrewsburys MacLaren, not that one, share the points at Ayresome Park as we drew our 2nd division fixture 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town
Peter Beagrie was named as No 12 for the 3rd time this season
Kelham O' Hanlon
Paul Ward - back after missing 4 games
Sub - Peter Beagrie
Boro flashback this day back in 1974
On the 14th December Tom Patterson made his one & only Boro 1st team appearance when the Boro entertained Birmingham at Ayresome Park
Reserve player Alan Willey had made 8 appearences as CF, 4 of those starting, big Jack was trying out Patterson, who was performing well for the reserves, to challenge AW if Boro legend John Hickton misses a game
Back to the Birmingham game, Patterson started this game in place of Alan Willey
Boro won 3-0 with an attendance of 23,737 seen goals from Alan Foggon, a John Hickton penalty & a page OG
Boro had played 3 home games in 7 days, Ipswich Town saturday, Leicester City midweek & Birmingham, all 3 teams played in identical blue strip & all 3 left with the identical goals defeat
Alan Foggon had scored in all 3 games
Bobby Murdoch made a return to the starting line up after missing 3 games
Big Jacks named team
Personally think not offering Ayala and Howson new deals would be a massive mistake. Ayala has been a rock in a poor defence and how many games has Howson performed below a 7/10, I can’t remember too many. I’ve heard both really enjoy being at the club so that could be a boost.
Well the NHS has been a recurring bugbear of pretty much every government over the last 20-plus years.
Its such a leviathan of an organisation, faced with ever-increasing demands and there is nearly always a crisis of some sort...access to GPs, ambulance response times, cost / availability of drugs, operation waiting times, bed shortages, staffing shortages, to name just a few.
While I'm quite happy to pay a bit more in income tax, National Insurance or whatever, I just don't think the current system is sustainable in the long term (especially with the aforementioned growing & ageing population). You can't just keep throwing ever increasing amounts of money at it. It already accounts for around 20% of all government spending.
The NHS was founded on a post-war model, when the population (hence demand) was far lower, wages and costs of providing services were comparatively lower.
I genuinely think that at some point in the not-too-distant future, a massive overhaul will need to happen. Both to speed up & simplify the whole process from requiring treatment, to receiving it, as well as ensuring we have adequate staff & facilities.
I'm thinking some additional taxation may have to be brought in. Or perhaps hospitals and surgeries can start being sponsored by drug companies and we'll have to get used to seeing GSK and Wellcome posters both outside and inside. Maybe they can start selling ad space on CT scanners, so that they end up looking like F1 cars?
Anyway, after all that waffling, I think what I wanted to say is that I'll settle for some minor improvements, rather than expecting any radical changes.