We have all been accosted many times recently by our new senior head receptionist who has asked us if we had done some Blue Badge forms. These forms have been deemed, by the patient, to be “URGENT”. They had been on someone’s desk for at least 2 days in the midst of an alleged flu pandemic. Hence the patient used their God given right to abuse reception staff and chastise them for them not having got these forms completed to their satisfaction for no cost to the patient.
For those who do not know what a Blue Badge is, it is explained here. Normally Blue Badges are best seen in supermarkets in the parking slots closest to the entrance usually occupied by teenagers who have nicked their Grandma’s Blue Badge who are playing their 700W stereo systems in their Scoobys while their mate goes for 3 X 24 can packs of lager that they carry out to their car on their shoulders (unaided) and bare chested with tattoos on display.
There is even a possible black market for them if you read here. Why pay the London congestion charge when a nicked Blue Badge could let you in for free? There is also another market to help protect your tresured Blue gem if you look here and here. We love free enterprise.
The standard that is usually thought to qualify for a Blue Badge by the “applicant”, our patient(s), is that:
1) you are a whinging elderly patient who feels they are important as they claimed to have worked a lifetime
2) you have your state pension, bus pass and get free prescriptions so you automatically must qualify for a Blue Badge, and
3) your next door neighbour, who is a veteran world champion decathlete, has one so I must also be eligible for one as well.
GPs across the land are asked to confirm applicant’s “disabilities” by local councils who send out Blue Badge forms and yes, we do get paid for completing them by the local councils, but much less than a mere solicitor’s letter costs.
A simple little earner you might think and so helpful for “infirmed” and “aged” patients who run marathons and travel the globe on back packing expeditions? Remember, dear reader, this is Northernshire.
The average Blue Badge applicant is old and a lifetime liar. Examples include people who attend on numerous occasions fully mobile, seen in public and able to walk miles, who never need a wheelchair to go to California to visit their relatives but do need a little help with parking to get their cases of whisky to the car before they are off on the local hunt.
These same people, if their God given right for a Blue Badge is rejected, suddenly turn up in surgery wearing callipers, clutching crutches with a exaggerated Herr Flick limp that no one has ever seen them with before. Ever.
How dare their GP deny them a Blue Badge by asking them a question and honestly reporting their answers to the local council? At their calliper enabled protest appointment, usually an emergency, they will insist that they made a mistake about being able to walk miles without stopping and insist that the only way they can get to surgery is via their teleporter system after saying “Beam me down Scottie”.
We, who wrote this piece, did not realize how much a Blue Badge could help until you have seen how complicated it is, and how long it takes, to move a patient with a severe spinal injury into a restaurant from a purpose adapted vehicle. The person concerned had only limited arm movements and can just about manage a few yards on the flat in a wheelchair using the palms of their hands as propulsion as they have no finger grip. A kerb is impossible and they cannot drive.
While we were watching the friends concerned move the Blue Badge holder with the spinal injury out of the vehicle we were also watching the couple in the next door “disabled” slot in their 40s in a dinner jacket and long evening gown in high heals park and unaided walk across the road to a Rotarian function after getting out of their sports coupe, a low slung open topped Mercedes, proudly displaying its Blue Badge.
Without the Blue Badge our friends would have would have been knackered and what took 15 minutes of manoeuvring would have taken a lot longer. This was after getting someone out of a specially converted van to take a specially adapted wheelchair using a powered lift not a low slung Mercedes with no lift.
Most people with Blue Badges don’t do this, we mean they don’t have severe spinal injuries or are in wheelchairs. They are old miserable and think society owes them something for a lifetime of doing nothing.
Society owes a duty of care to those who are genuinely ill not to those that are just genuinely old. The hassle we have had as a Practice recently over Blue Badges from the pathetic old, as opposed to the genuinely ill, has been enormous.
The old scheme was the Orange Badge (of incompetence) that used to warn other motorists of the disaster on wheels coming in their direction but this highly visible warning seems to have been replaced by the less visible Blue Badge of European Patheticness.
Blue badge applicants hassle our staff more than patients with terminal disease. Sometimes it is the genuine younger patient with disabilities that don’t get them, as they have not yet mastered the art of how to lie, unlike their older forebears, and play down their disabilities. In contrast to the old who play down and lie about their abilities.
The old are those who voted for the National Health Service out of self interest, although at the time it may have seemed like a good idea. This idealism when young has been replaced by a cynical and manipulative abusive of a service for personal gain namely the Blue Badge.
If your car is nicked by a joy rider do not blame necessarily blame them. The old always blame the young. When it comes to lying, thieving and cheating the system the old have a head start. You need look no further than the Blue Badge scheme to see this in operation on a daily basis.
Any GP knows this. The patient “knows their rights” after all after a lifetime of not paying for anything related to health they are all automatically entitled to a Blue Badge.
At what ever cost. They take no prisoners.
Praise be the Party and its Blue Badge scam, sorry scheme. Can’t be anything wrong with that as when did our MP last get a parking ticket outside Westminster? They may well be, given their “age” and financial “infirmity”, entitled to a Blue Badge as well as all pigs are equal comrades. Are they not?