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  1. I used to do Glasgow to/from London (EasyJet) once a week (Monday morning/Friday night) with digs in London. Never spent anywhere near that...
  2. DM? nothing more than a comic sadly. You'd be better off reading the Viz.
  3. Surely they could charge more for a mouldy mushroom... Oh wait...
  4. Is a good reference from your current employer important to your new employer? If not you 'could' hand in a notice with immediate effect and walk but it's likely to kill any hope of an ongoing good relationship withyour former employer...
  5. I did a bit of google-fu when I couldn't sleep last night. Indeed it seems there are guidelines on kerb heights, however these are applicable on the highways rather than in car-parks. Likewise, these guidelines (albeit from 1989) recommend that the kerbs be back-filled. Certainly no apparent legislation and in fact, you don't need to look far to see that some kerbs on roundabouts, slip roads etc can be over 30cm tall. These guidelines are for highways it would seem, not car parks. In fact, if you go a mile or so down the road to the QPARK car park in Waterloo street in Glasgow you'll see massive kerbs and obstructions on the entry / exit lanes. It's really unfortunate and there's no harm popping a letter, with the photos to the council explaining your concerns but EVERYTHING I found last night pointed solely at the responsibility for not hitting kerbs falling squarely on the driver. I'm with Jamberson, a lesson learned...
  6. Conscience isn't a protected characteristic, equality is. To compare cake decorating to mass murder, exploitation and genocide is laughable - IT'S A CAKE. Let's not forget that those very protected characteristics were born out of a desire to protect those groups of people so dreadfully persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. The unwillingness to ice a simple message onto a lump of cake makes the business owners' beliefs very clear indeed.
  7. Hmm, a few ways of dealing with this I feel. Firstly, it could be (and probably is) nothing, look hard enough for something and you'll find it. However, if you feel in any way threatened, call the police. If you don't feel threatened, go and say hello - there's every chance that they're multi-drop delivery drivers.
  8. You, I'm afraid. It's your responsibility to drive in a manner befitting the surroundings - especially somewhere unfamiliar. With anything like this I urge people to do the 'reversibility test' - turn the issue the other way around - someone has damaged their car on a stationary object on your property and wants you to pay for it... What's your reaction?
  9. Toby, I honestly couldn’t disagree any more than I already do. Society at large, andthe lawmakers in Britain have made it blatantly clear what the view is on such people who use their businesses to express their views. Frankly, if you can’t work in a service industry, don’t. What about if it was a more serious situation? Should a person be able to express their religious preferences or beliefs when working as a police officer perhaps? What about as a firefighter, where do we draw the line that it’s okay to discriminate on a cake but not in the operating theatre? That’s right, we can’t, we’re protected by law to ensure that ‘people’, and that’s the key part of this, ‘people’ are treated equally. What is so threatening about two people spending their lives together? What makes me, as a heterosexual, married man any different to a homosexual man in terms of our desire to choose a life partner and have that partnership recognised? Nothing, remember that these passages in the bible sit alongside those that justify genocide and the repression of women but not so many people choose to quote those ones...
  10. Ah, the very reason i had to put a notice above a heater the other day to 'warn' people that it might be hot... Chipper, hate to be the one to add to the chorus of 'you made a mistake - it's your fault' but, there we go...
  11. No, absolutely not. As for 'normal' I think the ROI spoke very clearly as to what the 'normal person's' view is on all of this...
  12. I think the key thing is that it is all verbal so besides a payment to you there's no evidence of the terms of the agreement. I'm happy to be proven wrong but I'd strongly consider his offer of a split with money for the inconvenience and avoid the time, potential expense and stress of a drawn out battle with someone. Sorry, quick edit. Have you spoken with CAB also? Could they perhaps facilitate a mutually acceptable resolution?
  13. +1 I'm afraid. Despite a few very detailed explanations of what may have prompted the referral you write as if it's black and white and you appear not to appreciate the reasons for the referral from the HR perspective. As Emmzzi says, to ask that your line manager goes through it all with you seems a bit hopeful at best. Perhaps it's worth breaking the data down into more manageable chunks a going through it a week at a time? I also understand that this may not have been the response you had expected but it's fair to say that situations such as these seldom end well from an employment perspective. Good luck sorting through it all and please do continue to speak to someone about your health.
  14. I think the question here is around this risk assessment, I can't help but wonder - as a public sector manager - who is best placed and qualified to carry out a risk assessment in the event of someone apparently displaying a relatively large stress reaction. Even being in the health service I would feel completely ill-at-ease with carrying out such a meeting without clinical representation there. Perhaps the communication was lacking in tact but it would seem that OH input would be appropriate based on what you've said. I think the big red flag that was waved was: I finished conversation saying something like..I'm going to see my doctor and if I am ill you (my employer- public sector) have made me ill. In that case the HR adviser's report to their line manager was probably one of deep personal concern for your wellbeing and safety. However, to answer your questions... Yes you can complain, quite how far you'll get or indeed what the resolution might be I don't know. I think potentially what Bazza is alluding to is whether an apology / explanation will be sufficient or are you looking for other forms of redress. In terms of how the report has been used or perhaps not used, I see from your posts that you make mention of things having happened since then, if those occurences, whatever they are, are linked to your health at the moment then perhaps the recommendations made (if there were any) are now inappropriate or out of time in terms of their intentions.
  15. There are LOTS, it's very much dependant upon whose opinion and studies you're willing to trust although they all return roughly the same figures. Many of the studies will focus solely on one patient group, so perhaps cardiac arrests or major trauma but if you sift through you'll see that the figures are roughly: All hospital patients: -------------------------------> 15% Frail elders : -----------------------------------------> Individuals with advanced chronic illness : -> Those figures are taken from: http://www.compassionandsupport.org/pdfs/professionals/training/Professionals_CPR_web_page_References.pdf I think the message that I can't restate strongly enough is that an end of life plan is just that. It's how YOU want to be treated in those last days/hours/minutes. There's no execution order here or a date by which you've passed your 'sell by date'. Never forget that the default position in all of this is full intervention and treatment, these care plans enable the patient to decide on the extent of that. In fact, yours might be as simple as: "I want to take dying at my own pace, in my own way, you should seek any necessary guidance from my relatives that have been briefed as to my preferences." Like I said in my last post, there's very little profit in any of this. The figures are pretty grim in fairness if you look at this from a 'business perspective'. But, we do realise that IF the vaccine is effective it MAY reduce our workload over the winter months. Looking at figures from previous years sees the vaccines each costing us about £4.00 (for those we pre-order the year before - any top ups are around the £5.50 mark later in the season) for which we get paid about £7.00 for administering. In that we need to pay for the running of the extra clinics, the letters we send out to remind patients, the wages of the nurses and receptionists staffing the clinics and the administration behind it all when it comes to claiming and processing. Any excess is in pence. Again, a DNR is a one page document that details that one aspect of what's in the care plan. The care plan itself is, for us at least, a 20 page document that the clinician fills out with the assistance of the patient to record their wishes, what treatment regimes are in place and what the decisions around hospitalisation etc are. BUT... If we were paid for them, still no. There's nothing easy about holding that conversation. Again, it's down to the practicalities of doing it - it's certainly going to take more than 10 mins so that means not doing it in a normal appointment session and I wouldn't dream of running a 'clinic' solely to broach the subject. Although we could get Parky in reception perhaps flogging over 50's 'life' plans... (Sorry, I'm being facetious) So, that means doing it during home visits or extended appointments potentially in the presence of family if that's what the patient wants. I'll let you read the documents on enhanced services so you can draw your own conclusions on what are in reality additional funding streams to bring work out of the hospitals and into the community so that they're more accessible.
  16. I think it's an 'interesting' way of working. It seems to be most prevalent in areas where recent, relevant experience is absolutely key to securing a job in the sector, for new entrants therefore it can be a valuable way to access that experience. Do I think it's right for everyone? No, it's only really valuable where the person interested has decided resolutely that this is the career path they want to follow. It's not all that recent either I don't think, it's certainly very common in the third sector where paid positions, when they do come up, often go to volunteers. Is it right for someone just 'job-searching', no absolutely not. But, if you've decided it's absolutely what you want AND can support yourself while doing it then I see no harm.
  17. They're very active and responsive on Twitter, I've used that a few times to resolve issues with success.
  18. Fair point, I'll edit my post for accuracy to say effectively you're paying for the knowledge AND their indemnity insurance premiums (seen some amazing quotes lately for GP's of close to £30k a year for those woking in out of hours...)
  19. In a word or five; yes, you ought to pay. It's not so dissimilar to an employer offering a £50.00 goodwill gesture in place of a week's salary. As a strict comparison a private, ten minute GP appointment in a neighbouring surgery is charged at £85.00 with additional amounts for any other work / medication required. We're in a an area with a very large amount of tourists and if they're not entitled to NHS treatment then we and our neighbouring surgeries will charge for what would be otherwise routine work. Of course we'd treat without question in an emergency. I'd imagine that in the case of a psychotherapist the initial meeting is as much about ensuring that there is the beginnings of a healthy therapeutic relationship and that the patient is suitable than it is about launching straight into treatment. As such a consultant surgeon is completely different, for the bulk of your interactions you're likely to be under anaesthesia and as such the initial meeting, examinations and diagnosis aren't a 'getting to know you' process but a definitive part of the treatment and are therefore almost certainly going to attract a charge. Others have already said about not necessarily paying for the 25 minutes as such, you're paying for the knowledge, experience and ultimately culpability of a leader in their field. A consultant I worked with explained it as 'actually paying for me to take responsibility if I've got it wrong.'
  20. I take it that this was a private referral / self initiated encounter and not presumed to be an NHS funded meeting? If so I'd say that there has to be a fair expectation of some sort of cost involved and the amount certainly doesn't seem excessive for a private consultation with a specialist/consultant grade clinician.
  21. Experience here referring people privately to a clinic for a first appointment puts £290 at about right. Our local clinics in Wrexham / Chester tend to charge about £250 for a first consultation. An additional £40 for 'London' and the extra costs associated wouldn't surprise me.
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