I used to love watching Tomorrow’s World as a child to see how scientists thought we might be living in 10 or 20 years. I remember being told that we would be talking to each other over video links, seeing prototype mobile phones, and being shown countless household appliances and robots to take on the more mundane chores of life.
Hannah Wilson’s “A glimpse into the future: a typical day in the NHS in the year 2050” brought all those memories flooding back. I’d love to be reminded of some of the other inventions that I saw presented on that programme in the 70s, but that have now drifted into the corner recesses of my brain. It would be fascinating to find out if anything ever came of them, and how different the reality was from what was predicted.
Hannah’s piece is more tongue in cheek, but it’s a fascinating image of what the daily working life for doctors could look like in the future based on potential ideas. As with Tomorrow’s World, it would be interesting to come back in 2050 to see whether there is any resemblance to the picture she painted.
Today The BMJ also follows up on a story about how the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust plans to give medically fit patients seven days notice to leave or they may consider evicting them. In my follow-up, I report on the challenges faced in the Bournemouth area with its ageing population, and also speak to a lawyer who gives real examples of how other trusts have successfully removed patients who did not want to leave hospital.
Ingrid Torjesen is a freelance news reporter for The BMJ.