Firstly we should feel sorry for patients and the NHS staff who are striking. No one benefits from the strikes.
I think only people who work with or for the NHS have the ability to articulate the realities of working within the NHS. Anyone else can only at best try to understand by listening to others but the huge emotions that are at the core of it we are simply unable to understand. So we must listen to those NHS staff who are on the picket lines.
Then there are the patients. In the current climate there’s are waitlists spanning months or years. That is not fair on them and results in them getting worse and it not only affects them but their families, friends and livelihood. Strikes only make this worse.
The fact of the matter is, it goes back to ‘you’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t’. If they don’t strike, are the waitlist going to better?
I feel so sorry for OP and you are right, you’re not getting the service you believe the NHS should offer. But prior to this was you getting the service you expect? I don’t remember the NHS being much different, I don’t remember anything but month or year long waiting lists.
Ultimately no one is benefiting from the way the NHS is currently and the only way it will improve is adequate investment.
I’m going to be quiet now as I’m not the right person to be saying anymore. I’m going to do what I said above and listen to others