People in the UK very frequently run down the National Health Service (NHS) and we hear all sorts of horror stories about the treatment patients have received.
I feel the need to redress the balance a little, because my mother has had wonderful attention and care since the beginning of her illness, both at home and after she had to move into a nursing home.
Today they told us her nursing home fees will be covered in full, back dated to mid March. I had no idea there was this provision available, and quite honestly it will be a huge weight off our minds.
It's been a hard time for us, but it could have been so much worse without the support we have had. Admittedly we are only a single instance, but that is our experience so far.
Oh, and we've just heard from neighbours in France - one of them had to be rushed into hospital with a suspected stroke, and he was left on a trolley in a corridor for 3+ hours. France's health service is often said to be one of the best but bad things happen there too.