So how do you explain the NHS to a four year old? Always going to be a big ask, especially when Dr Grifflet is on his pre-0800 round. Admittedly he looks no younger than many doctors these days, but he takes the job just as seriously.
“How much do I owe you, Doctor?”
“Don’t be silly, Dad. We don’t pay for the doctor.”
“That’s because of the National Health Service.”
“What’s that, Dad?”
“We all pay in money to a big pot when we get paid by work and then when people get ill and need a doctor it’s free.”
“Like Mammy does in the hospitals?”
“That’s a good idea, Dad.”
“The very best, lovely boy.”
Couldn’t be simpler, really.
I hope to God the day never comes when there’s a plastic credit card machine in his doctor set.