Friday, 24 June 2016

Are we there yet?

For months here in the UK the population has been bombarded on a daily basis by claim and counter claim about its continuing involvement with the European Union. Today at long last the British people actually have had their say in contrast to the politicians et al who have had hours of air time. 
What has been decided by the combined people(?s) of the United Kingdom will mean there is only one thing that will be absolutely certain and that is that despite the lies and counter lies the NHS will be no better or worse off. Throughout the whole campaign both sides have banged on about the NHS using the NHS in the only way politicians know how to use it for as a mere political football to kick to death. And boy have they given it a good kicking. 
Just look at how little we spend on the NHS as a percentage of GDP compared with other European countries for until this increases the NHS will only get worse regardless of whether we are in or out of Europe.
Praise be to the Party for spending so much time talking about the NHS rather than spending a little more time to fix it. Talk as they say is cheap, healthcare is not especially good quality healthcare.
Still if you believe that the 200+ CCGs in the England get a share a £ 350 million a week that went to Europe then £ 350 million shared by 200 to keep the maths simples means that each CCG should be getting an extra 1.5 million a week to spend or may be a bit less given the other countries in the UK so the NHS will be laughing all the way to the brexit . . . ? Dream on.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A relative’s comments.



The first 2 minutes of any Party determined 10 minute appointment are now usually spent listening to the NHS non-paying punter complaining about how long it took them (to struggle) to get a totally free at the point of abuse NHS appointment with a GP something that anywhere else in the world they would have to pay for.

How the public in the UK suffer under this system is remarkable as they never complain to their elected “members” of Parliament who provide it and who often only spend a mere couple of hours a month listening to them complaining in contrast to those who work full time (listening to their complaints about the system that they cannot change).

5 such punters waste a whole GP appointment and a whole day’s worth of appointments could be as many as 10 appointments wasted by the non-paying NHS whingers before they start on any alleged illnesses always in the plural but rarely if ever in reality. They just whinge and go on and on and on.

A recent dinner party at your average UK GP’s baronial mansion led a senior relative to pass comment, when the port was passed around for the 97th time after their junior relative, a mere GP, had finished their working day on the golf course about the appalling state of general practice today.

Their comment was that at ones last attendance at ones General Practitioner had resulted in a disturbing comment from ones GP that distressed our relative and left them thinking that they were abusing the service.

They briefly needed the administration of smelling salts stat due to an acute attack of the vapours but fortunately declined the offer of an urgent NHS 111 consult and subsequent blue light ambulance and trip to A&E for a slight emotional upset.

And what was this incredibly hurtful comment from their GP?

The comment from their GP was: 

“Thank you for being the only person that came to see me today who said that they had just one problem and who actually had just one problem”. 

And we bet no GP anywhere in the UK thinks they have finished their consultation before the non-paying punter says, with an idiot grin on their face, for they know they are on to a good thing called free healthcare says any of the following:

And.

Also.

And also.

The other thing was . . .

I don’t come here very often . . .

I have saved them all up . . .

While I am here . . .

Can you see my relative while I am here?

Can I just order my relatives(s) repeat prescription(s) and . . .?

While I have gotcha mate can I just . . .

I know it is an emergency appointment for one item but can I just . . .

I just have a couple of things . . . (7 items later and still going . . .) 

And all of the above is as if they were all just doing their GPs a favour (remember the non-paying NHS punter’s idiot grin)? 

Can you imagine any other profession with the cashometer running feeling aggrieved by the above idiot grins seen by GPs on a punter by punter daily basis? If you are wondering why your GP appointments never run to time just look to the above “while I am here” wasters  just (doing their GPs and fellow patients a favour?). How selfless.

Of course not. 

Any other profession would be laughing all the way to the bank for with every other increasing demand for trivia the cashometer would be ticking on an hourly basis at your average accountants’, solicitors’, dentists’ or vets’ office but runs completely free with unlimited use in General Practice in the NHS’s using socialized medicine’s free at the point of abuse principle. 

Funny how GPs in the UK are not laughing at the moment and certainly not to the bank for increased demand for trivia is not rewarded by politicians it is merely encouraged.

No wonder our relative felt so guilty for they had not wasted their NHS GP’s time and had been honest with their GP and could count. And what was even more telling was that they could remember the days of having to pay to see GPs and that you did not waste their time then for most people could not afford to do so then. 

Such patients in United Kingdom general practice are as rare as is true illness in contrast to fabricated trivia or socialized inadequacy which is currently the raison d’etre of the health service and keeps the RCGP in existence and creates false prophets, sorry false professors of their leaders. 

One of them was a once a weak man in general practice and has since said he is ashamed to be a GP in a system that he oversaw the creation of and is now the Witchfinder General of General Practice at the CQC. Who knows what great “academic” contribution the other will make? Perhaps they will rediscover the 4 elements and impart them to their students via “reflection” and the ePortfolio?

Praise be to the Party for ensuring that one of the most expensive resources that takes care of 90% of healthcare in the UK is available for less than 8% of the NHS budget and with completely unlimited access completely free at the point of abuse. 

And nobody appreciates honesty for lying is the bedrock of all GP appointments and has been so since the inception of the NHS and abuse of the service continues to be completely free with a zero tolerance policy of any form of redress for doing so and it is reinforced by the donkeys that currently lead the decreasing number of lions.   

Sunday, 22 May 2016

All hands to the pump!

There are numerous films where a ship gets holed and starts taking on water which seems to ensure that all the heroes and heroines, all actors, will drown under the weight of incoming water (work) miles away from help (rescue).
So imagine our relief (despair) at the news this week that a report commissioned by NHS England has stopped the influx of water in an instant into the gaping hole of no manpower or funding to sustain the RMS NHS Titanic (General Practice sub commissariat).
Balance this against another report saying that the influx of water has increased as has the size of the hole and we are sure that the current captains of the NHS are listening to the orchestra playing while supping vodka and caviar on the quarterdeck fully expecting those less qualified than doctors to take a thimble into the water filled hole stand waist deep in the water and throw the thimbles of water over their shoulders in order to keep the NHS afloat.
Of course after many vodkas they will not realize that those with thimbles have been deployed from some areas of shortages while others are from areas of excess which once again leaves the ship unbalanced and with a hole to plug and no plan with which to do so.
Praise be to the Party for ignoring a problem for years and hoping that lots of sticking plasters will repair the gaping hole into which increasing quantities of water do daily flow freely into. Still by jingo a good report from numpties is just as good as a solid steel plate over a gaping hole to keep the water out and far cheaper than having a steel industry to make such a plate and the steel with which to make it.