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  1. I'm curious as to how different the night shift is to the others that don't seem to affect you so badly. Could it be that you aren't suited to working nights at all? Playing devils advocate, I can see that the employer will be looking for actual differences in the type of work when one shift seems to have a greater physical impact on you than the others. Not everyone is suited to night working and it seems that the disturbance to your sleep is as much of an issue as the pain you're currently feeling. I fully understand how getting good rest helps cope with chronic pain but there comes a point
  2. You say you're due back in theatre in March (so anytime in the next couple of weeks really) after which, you'll need time to recover from surgery and hopefully you'll be back fighting fit? Perhaps a discussion with your employer re-assuring them that as soon as you've recovered you'll be back on the rota might keep them satisfied for now.
  3. An interesting sound-byte on the Radio2 Breakfast show this morning, how potentially the presidency is the 'safest' place for him. Besides taking a few photos in the Oval Office, their powers are totally reigned in by the senate. He can propose anything he likes but it's got to go through the house before anything actually happens. Look at Obama's attempts at making America a better place, scuppered by the house on countless occasions. At least in the White House we can keep an eye on him...
  4. From the GP perspective it's probably not a great time to change GP's. Yes, the registration can be done at any time and it's normally a simple a4 sheet which will then initiate the transfer of your records. You're then likely to have a delay of anything up to 4 weeks for the records at your current practice to be sent back to the local patient records office befoe being forwarded on to your new GP who will then have another 6 weeks in which to summarise them onto their clinical system. As such, most GP surgeries - mine included - offer an initial appointment with a nurse / health ca
  5. A friend of mine posted a picture he'd taken of a billboard in Scotland advertising 'Legal Name Fraud' and as curiosity bested the two of us we went googling... Just wondering if anyone actually takes this seriously? I note that the last time someone tried the 'freeman on the land / legal name' thing with a Judge he jailed her for nine months for contempt (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2011/B15.html). In the dim and distant past as a CAB worker I had someone come in complaining that he couldn't get a passport to go on holiday because he'd renounced his 'legal na
  6. I think one of the issues is that unless a definitive diagnosis is possible through quantatative testing like actual images, blood/urine etc then a diagnosis is clinical. There's an expectation that even in the absence of such definitive results that the clinician will draw on his/her experience and training and will give an impression of what they feel is happening. You might agree with it, you might not but even then it forms part of your records. Whether that be misdiagnosis or lies as you say it's still a valid record of your treatment and could help to inform your current clinicians decis
  7. In short, you can't erase/amend it. Even when we have patients moving overseas we quite often get approached by their new medical centre to provide at least a summary. Even when patients do move overseas their actual paper records are returned to patient record stores to await their potential return. Only ten years after death are they destroyed.
  8. I'd be tempted to have the LBA typed out and ready to go, shove it into the director's hand if they don't play ball. (and then send an additional copy by recorded post...)
  9. Yeah, prices are great at the moment. Just put 1200 litres in ours, should keep us going till summer.
  10. No one, surely, believes that Doctors don't already work weekends (besides the clown of a SOSfH), not one doctor enters into the profession thinking they won't have to work weekends. The issue is the seismic shift in salary for doing so, the safety implications for patients and the undeniable issue of spreading an already stretched resource even thinner. If, as someone working in retail for example, I was to say: "look, we're going to increase your basic salary by 13% but slash your commission so on average you'll be earning 30% LESS than you are now, but hey - 13% increase, aren't we gen
  11. The oil tank won't belong to a company. Ours belongs to us, was fitted by an engineer and is re-filled by whomever is cheapest in the area when it needs re-filling. Don't automatically assume that there'll be some big, formal damage report. If ours is acting up we call the local guy who fitted it for us, not Shell or BP.
  12. Yeah, junior doctors tend to move every six months through a training rotation.
  13. I know of a good few, very excellent doctors who've already left for Australia/NZ - can't say I blame them one bit. Bazza, I honestly couldn't agree more with you, the lack of foresight is terrifying for England, if nothing else it'll resolve our recruitment issues here in Wales.
  14. Another +1 Hurt my back a week after starting a new job and went through exactly the same process of meds, physio, scans and eventually surgery. Like 'stella I'm pretty much back on my feet with some residual nerve damage. The bradford scale has been shown to be outdated and potentially discriminatory against people with disabilities. I'd second the suggestion of an honest and open meeting with the HR dept to discuss what's happening. Where I did differ a bit from 'stella was that I have a Gp who's more reluctant to sign people off, instead we were very aggressive treatment wis
  15. It's difficult to encourage people to use a less polluting means of transport if it involves taking your life in your hands because people are distracted or vying for an extra six inches of road because they're of the belief that they'll get to their destination that little bit quicker. Providing safer alternatives is the key to reducing pollution. and, of course, every person who decides to use the CSH is one less car on the road meaning less traffic and less pollution.
  16. So you don't understand it then. Figures - have you read how the pay works? You've still not answered the question either.
  17. and of course our esteemed SOSfH tells the public that doctors 'don't understand and are being misled' like they're all too stupid to read and understand the proposals for themselves. Better still he rolls out statistics that have been proven incorrect and yet the newspapers lap them up and convince people that doctors are work shy, greedy hypocrites.
  18. Effectively, yes. Here's the banding system explained http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=16147-how-much-does-a-doctor-get-paid So given that most jobs attract a banding you can see how the headline 11% on basic actually represents a cut for most doctors - especially those working in critical care and other services like A&E. There's a comedy misconception that the NHS isn't 24/7, but the last time I checked there weren't opening hours posted outside A&E, our answering machine at the surgery has details of GP out of hours services and if I call 999 an a
  19. For anyone struggling to understand the dispute: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35531121 It's really quite simple, there are only 'x' amount of doctors to cover 'y' amount of hours. Is it so outrageous that people want to be paid to go to work and under the terms and conditions that they agreed to? Really? Doctors pay is made up of two elements, the basic (which Ceremy Junt is proposing to increase by 11%) and the banding which reflects how hard the doctor works. It's the cut in banding that in reality sees some doctors lose as much as 30/50%. Now, if this were a shop/office worker
  20. I guess it's horses for courses really. I don't see many bikes doing 40mph down a 30mph limit road but then I do see people riding their bike on the pavement that the driver has also parked his car on. Like I said, no angels. And, given the level of animosity between the two groups I'd have thought that a well implemented plan to keep the two separate would have been universally welcomed. Especially in London where people seem to be perpetually late and so drive/ride/walk with so little regard for anyone but themselves.
  21. I cycle and drive, no one group are angels... There are good and bad cyclists and likewise with drivers. A bit of mutual respect and consideration goes a long way. If you're getting abuse, ask why... I can't understand why a competent driver would, unless stuck in traffic, deliberately stop in a pinch point. Likewise when people stuck in traffic insist on weaving from side to side to try to see what's happening and reduce the already narrow gap to the pavement even further. But, then I can also see the frustration with cyclists riding irresponsibly. Give each other space and be patie
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