when the patient was pushed out of OT, it was 4pm. i then went off to do some errands & when i checked on the patient again in the recovery bay later, i noted the nurse had timed the arrival at 4.15pm.
i asked her, how come it took 15 mins to move the patient a distance of only 10m. that's TEN METRES between the OT & recovery bay.
we looked at each other for a few tensed seconds before she broke silence : the clocks in the OT & recovery bay were set at different times. i checked & they were the same time.
after a few more uneasy seconds, she finally confessed, that the senior nurse had told to her to add 15mins. i've always known that something fishy invariably happens at 4pm. that's the starting time for claiming overtime. it happens all the time under our noses.
except that this time, i caught the
but don't we all cheat time ourselves? we cut queues to save time, we cut lanes & drive on the hard shoulder to reach our destinations earlier. we fix our appointments, then arrive late & make everyone else wait. how about we scratch out a later time when we put up our parking coupons?
in my mind now, the philosophical words of one of my ex-classmates* in secondary school ring true :
we are humans. we are basically dishonest!
*while i was still reading hardy boys & nancy drew, he was already on to john steinbeck.