We do apologize for using the photograph above that many involved in health care may find highly offensive. That is just the face not the potentially offensive weapon although the two are linked.
Have a read here from a source on the other side of the Pond and see how many inconsistencies there are between the two pieces as you read on but remember accuracy in journalism is not essential to get the job done especially as they may be different stories?
Isn’t curious how it takes a long time for simple ideas to pay dividends. Remember crash helmets, seatbelts, airbags and smoking bans?
So why are we here at ND Central so enthused by shatterproof glasses?
Well this is not a new idea and if you have spent an evening as the only doctor in an A&E department and out of 30 cases over one five hour period 27 were glassings you would be relieved at any potential simple reduction in workload and human suffering.
Most towns in the UK will have their own WMDs (Watering holes of Mass Disfigurement) where most weekends as the love of one drunken man, or woman, for another increases with each alcoholic beverage they consume until its eventual outpouring into violence usually at closing time.
The favoured weapon of choice is the glass ,for it is freely available, and glass is said to be the sharpest cutting substance known. Apply liberally to the weak flesh of the human body and all sorts of injuries can result mostly to the face, hands and forearms. Although the article in the paper said eyes have been loss we collectively have be fortunate enough to have been spared that completely unnecessary injury.
If the experience in the Southern Northshire port city of Hull is repeated then the £ 7 million savings multiplied by 151 other PCTs could result in a national saving of over a billion pounds in medical and legal expenditure?
Like many simple things it will probably take time to get going so until then A&E departments across the country will continue to stitch up glass cut individuals most weekends. They have paid for their beer but the glassing and the medical care will be free of charge.
Once they are stitched up and sober they might realize that, if they can get a conviction against their assailant then, there is criminal injuries compensation to be had as well as free medical care. And the legal costs involved here pale the medical costs into insignificance.
Praise be to the Party for giving us weekends with which to enjoy ourselves. We are sure our colleagues in A&E and the Police and Ambulance services look forward to them in the same way we look forward to Monday mornings.
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Northern Doc was once a blog originally written by a group of GPs in Northernshire and expressed their experiences and frustrations of working in today's NHS. The pieces were compiled at social meetings after work and published anonymously in a once free society. Following the Government's Medical Council clamp down on freedom of thought, speech and expression by doctors and our belief that the views of a few doctors DO NOT represent the views of the profession as a whole their views will now be written by and published by a journalist who has previously contributed to the blog by virtue of social ties. Any inference that the word Doc means a doctor is now purely coincidental. This is as of the 22 April 2013.