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  1. I manage a GP surgery and can confirm that our checks only concern someone's criminal record, not financial. I'd never consult some sort of hokey 3rd party list of wrongdoers before employing someone.
  2. I'm sure someone will come along with an exact answer but from memory if his claim says he must be available for work and he is not due to being committed to his community service then there's every chance he's not meeting the conditions of his claim.
  3. Antone, private practitioners can and should still order them if their clinical work involves being responsible for someone's care - if you get a frosty reception from a private practitioner they can get them from here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dwp-leaflets-and-how-to-order-them
  4. Layla, First of all I hope your mum is making good progress and is recovering well. I wanted to come back to look into this a little better and perhaps to re-assure you. I've copied a section from a patient leaflet on Pneumonia below to show you how, being sent home with anti-biotics is the first line of treatment in such a case. Hospitals are not ideal places to recover, sleep can be interrupted, surroundings are unfamiliar and in all honesty, they're not comfortable places to spend any real amount of time. The leaflet is from www.patient.co.uk Treatment at home Trea
  5. It's completely understandable that you were so very concerned for your mother's health. I think what also needs to be understood is that someone's position on the list of who gets treated first or who gets a bed first isn't based on the level of concern demonstrated by relatives but on clinical need in relation to the other patients present at the time. If you somehow perceived that your mum was at the bottom of such a list then it's absolutely certain that those who went before did so because, however difficult it might be to accept, they needed to and deserved to based on the severity of th
  6. Hi Nystagmite, sorry to read that the treatment didn't give you the results you were looking for. Now, I might be very wrong here but I think, based on a conversation I had with one of my colleagues here a while back that there is a way of judging intercranial pressure on an MRI as the brain will 'cone' into the space occupied by the spinal cord. If there's no compression then the brain will/should rest normally within the skull. There's a source of info here which might be useful to give to your GP http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Rising-Intracranial-Pressure.htm Now, like I said, there's
  7. Layla, your letter doesn't need to be a masterpiece. In fact, the more straightforward it is the better. Even copying and pasting your first post would suffice, if I get a complaint letter through the last thing I worry about is how well it's written. I'll try to address a couple of your points on here from a Practice Manager's point of view in relation to your concerns over your mum's treatment in the GP surgery, Bazza has perfectly outlined the clinical aspects above. So I'll concentrate on the administrative side of things. Being asked to wait in reception until a doctor is avail
  8. Rainbow, it's great to read about your Nan, however crabby she might be! Thank you for replying and thanks for raising the points you have, all of them are absolutely valid. So much of this crosses the line between personal beliefs and preferences about the importance of being alive. Separating the science from the people is always challenging, the people we talk about are just that and have lives, families and others dependant upon them. I agree, everyone is entitled to the same level of care, I think the consultant was really alluding to survivability and some people's prefer
  9. I want to open this by saying that what follows is based on opinions, it is not representative of NHS policy at present. So please, bear this in mind when reading and replying. I was sat in a meeting recently during which an accident and emergency consultant gave a presentation on a number of things of interest to GP practices. Towards the end of her piece she turned to the 'future' and presented an idea which whilst not new I'd be really interested to hear your views on. It's used already in Australia amongst other places and it takes the form of some advanced care planning but
  10. Had this happen on an Subaru Impreza STi a few years ago - it's a stump up / insurance claim job I'm afraid...
  11. Sali / Shirli or anyone else for that matter, I certainly wasn't offended by what was written but felt it only right to challenge it. If I or another poster were to make a similar statement about any other group of people such as patients / complainants on here then I'd expect to be challenged too. To broad brush and say 'all NHS staff / patients / claimants etc are represented by the minority who don't meet the standards expected is wrong. I understand completely how such a breach in trust can affect you, I learnt for myself but still do not an will not accept that all people in a
  12. I'm going to ask you politely to retract that statement.
  13. Thanks HB, I think it's very much a case of ensuring that other parents don't have to face what we did, to the best of our abilities at least. Regular monitoring throughout pregancy and the use of doppler scans to check the ability of the placenta to support continued growth certainly needs to come before making sweeping declarations of lowered risk through home birth.
  14. Too true unfortunately, I've come across a few like this and tend to end up just using the OOH service as and when I need to, I'm there for treatment not to be made to look like Richard Hammond. Having had a closer look at some of the info it seems that root canal is firmly placed in band two, kick up a bit of a stink and if needs be involve the local healthboard. I'd be inclined to print that lot out and land it on the PM's desk.
  15. It seems just skimming through that if the procedure is relatively straight forward then it's charged a in the lower band. However, if it's more complex then it's charged accordingly. Quite what defines complex may be a matter of time spent, number of individual steps, equipment used etc. I'm inclined to agree with what's written above, write to the pm and ask for a detailed explanation. Oh, and please update us on how you get on.
  16. Normally I wouldn't start a thread but this particular subject lies very close to my heart having lost my daughter this year a few days before she was born. The general gist of it all seems to be that NICE are of the opinion that for low risk pregancies, it may well be safer for mums to give birth at home. Up until the day we found out our daughter had died we were smack in the middle of the 'low risk' category and expecting a very normal, healthy little girl, The link to the BBC article is here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30206540 My views, for what they're worth, are that
  17. Chester, yes - there are threats of sanction but under the human rights act if it is as quoted above you're agreeing to them under the conditionality of your claim. As such there is a choice, it might not be a choice you'd like to make but there is a choice. Every contract and agreement has a mutual obligation, they do 'x' and you do 'y', if they simply decided not to hold up their side of the deal then you could rightfully say that the contract/agreement had been breached and withdraw from your obligations. This instance is no different, if someone fails to meet their obligation under th
  18. Just a quick observation on this one, in claiming JSA you are accepting the terms and conditions of your claim. As such you have agreed to accept the 'punishment' of a sanction for non compliance with the terms and conditions of your claim. If you don't wish to be held to those terms then your option is to cease your claim. I understand its not a simple as that in terms of simply signing off but those conditions exist just as they would in any other agreement.
  19. I'm assuming that the definition of 'suitable' might be quite broad. If a placement addresses a gap in somone's experience it could be defined as suitable. One thing is pretty much certain, even if you do log a JS28 you'll only delay the inevitable and, if it's not genuine, put yourself at greater risk of being found out. I'm sure we'd all love 4 weeks off over christmas but for most of us it's not the case.
  20. That's an interesting one, I suppose it's a case of under what grounds it's being requested. We see, on a daily basis, people with all manner of disabilities come through our doors, but what is clear is that they have resolved any transport issues they've had to the point where they're able to travel. Far better perhaps is that the 'home visit' is based on clinical needs, no surgery has the resources to visit everyone for whom travelling is difficult. If however, someone can't travel due to a medical condition, then they ought to be visited. The limitations are of course that the options
  21. Honestly couldn't agree any more with what you've written. Charging someone in the absence of suitable alternative accomodation is ridiculous, however if an offer of a reasonable alternative has been made and declined then, yes by all means they should be charged.
  22. Perhaps they were already living in this house? Perhaps it had already been converted and they were moved into it by the council? Perhaps the council didn't have a 2 bedroom property available and thought this a better option than letting them rot in a B&B? Perhaps they couldn't find a private landlord that was willing to allow the adaptations to be made to their property and therefore could only use council 'stock'? Without the facts it's a pretty pointless argument.
  23. Yes, it's the weekend - time I'd rather spend with the family than on the PC...
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