By Shofi Ahmed:
British NHS is known the world over for the service it provides. Designed to be down to earth. To be humanely at the core as much as possible while serving meeting the sound minded critics’ demands. Moreso not to mention the NHS is to be free! But why?
At a very critical moment this multi million dollar question was raised.
Why should Britain have the NHS that’s not only free but to be wholeheartedly caring?
It was once fiercely debated. The outcome was so crucial. Based on it the government would decide whether to keep the NHS free pumping billions of pounds from the treasury.
The defending views as to why the NHS should continue to be freely caring for the nation Subhan Allah simply mirror the Qur’an. They presented their views maintaining that however technical and evidence based it needs to be, at its heart is the centrality of relationships and the NHS is fundamentally an act of love. Let me explain.Reviewers have hailed the experts’ views in favour saying: “We may not be all NHS professionals but we are all NHS patients, this is an important subject that no-one can, or should, avoid having an opinion of.” I am mentioning this at the start to show how important the subject matter was for us the mass people.
When relentless regulatory and structural NHS ‘reforms’ have failed to avert scandals and left many health service staff feeling alienated. Industrial and market approaches to reforms urgently need to be balanced by an understanding of what motivates and assures compassionate practice.
Examining the topic from a variety of perspectives. Including psychoanalytic thinking, group relations, neuropsychology, social psychology and ethology. Experts in the field John Ballatt and Penelope Campling argued that the NHS is a system that invites society to value and attend to its deepest common interests; it is a vital expression of community and one that can improve if society, patients and staff can reconnect to these deeper values. To do so will improve quality and patient experience, as well as morale, effectiveness, efficiency and value for money.
With this note they came up with a powerful new approach to healthcare reform. That they called Intelligent Kindness. The Intelligent Kindness shows how love is translated into action. For love is the central activity and this is a religious/political stance to the world. Of course, it is not party political nor denominational but it is act of charity and duty to care for the sick.
The solution therefore was to be intelligently kind. In other words the notion they put through defending why the NHS should be free and caring it’s because of intelligent kindness. It helps to reconnect to the deeper values of the society.
The finding is utterly in lined with the Holy Qur’an. Kindness is presented at the very beginning of the Qur’an. Indeed at the very opening the Qur’an starts with the verse Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, in the Name of Allah the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala meaning “the most glorified, the most high”) then extends to all things creatures, the universe. As the next verse in the chapter is Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin, all the praises and thanks be to Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists). That said, moreover as the Lord of the worlds He explains His stance. He says in His own words: Ar Rahmanir Raheem. The most Gracious (Beneficent), the most Merciful. In other words He is loving He is kind.
Kindness is in the close tie between the creator and creations. Between these opening verses we can see as Allah (SWT) comes forward mingles with His creations, the worlds. What prompts is His kindness. It helps unite. It works.