In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.
Since taking up my post at the Department of Health I have seen, first-hand, the work done every day by doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and everyone else that makes up our great NHS, to improve and restore the health of our nation. However sometimes a patient's fate is out of their control and in the hands of someone like me and you - an organ donor.
It has been reported that Jeremy Hunt will today say that the names of the doctor and nurse "ultimately responsible" for a patient should be placed above every hospital bed in Britain. We detect an attempt to shift blame away from the NHS leadership and higher regulatory bodies, towards doctors and nurses struggling at the coal face often under impossible conditions.