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  1. 2 years on and no cheque. I'm gonna chase for the interest now!
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    Chronic Back pain

    Haven't visited this thread for a while! Woah! - some haters out there! Patients are consumers of the NHS - they've paid for it, so they deserve it's best. I've trained for years in what I do, and whilst each patient is different, we learn what to do from experience and scientific studies. What I posted is based on both, but is always tailored to the person in front of you. There are various treatments we know work, and many that we know make no difference when compared to placebo. people selling cures for back pain may believe they work - but I wait until it's put through scientific study
  3. Alright Elusive One The 40 days starts when they get correct paperwork, so If they can say the signiture is significantly different to the one on file then I guess thats an: a) valid, and B) effective delaying tactic. To be safe I'd send another S.A.R - (Subject Access Request) and cheque and maybe enclose a photocopy of a driving license of similar with a signiture matching the one on the form. That starts your 40 days right thar. Cheers!
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    Knee problems

    Hi Dori2o, It sounds like you have hit an impasse. Your knee pain sounds disproportionate to the apparent scan / scope findings, and it's obviously this rather than the possible ACL rupture that is limiting your ability to work. It may be worth discussing other pain management strategies (Neuromodulators, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Complimentary Therapies ect.) with your GP to see if your overal functional state rather than just the level of pain, could be improved. Function is the key, and although surgery may play a part in improving function, relying on this alone can be slo
  5. mazzab

    Lack of Diagnosis

    Hi Cymraeg as a GP working in Wales I'd be very suprised if the prospect of "kicking certain procedures intoo action" made any difference to your Mums diagnosis and treatment from the Doctors point of view - it is not them that have to spend the money or do the work in any case! It strikes me that there may be some uncertainty in the diagnosis itself - not all confusion is dementia. Other disorders - say an infection or other acute and time limited illness causing an acute confusional state (also known as delerium), and other mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or b
  6. Hi All. I have settled 4 claims already against Clydesdale, Halifax, MBNA and Morgan Stanley, but I just noticed some bank charges I'd missed on my HSBC Joint account, which has been generally run pretty tight, but got overdawn on two occassions when money was late coming in following a change of jobs - as a junior doctor I had to change employer every 6 monhts and sometimes the payroll people mess up the bank details. £40 for 1 3 day OD, and £36 for another. Ludicrous and disproportianate as usual. I'm pretty certain I asked for a refund at the time and was refused, so now I've se
  7. It sounds like you had a tough break and unsympathetic managers. I too have had problems with NHS management in my 11 years working for them so I can sympathise with your comment: However I'd also say I've worked in enlightened and well managed trusts and smaller organisations within the NHS, and to generalise in this way is unhelpful and unfair to the well managed parts of the NHS. Many line managers in the NHS have had little, if any, formal management training and so are out of their depth, which often leads on to bullying behaviour. If this is confronted then those with for
  8. Now I've had a letter saying they will pay out the ful ammount without interest if I settle before the test case - which could be years. Its only gona be £100 of interest so I think I'd be best off taking the money and running! Thanks for all your advice guys!
  9. Dear Roger I am a GP and you raise some valid and interesting points. I think you need to sort out a long term plan with your own GP rather than a locum to sort out what you should be taking and what you shouldn't. If you are convinced of the need for a particular brand of omeprazole then discuss a branded prescription with your GP, and get it on repeat. You could make the convincing points to him that you made in your above post (you might even suggest he reads this thread!) I totally agree that someone with persistant symptoms for 15 years needs occasional investigation for
  10. Dear Jase Your friend has to prove that the first doctor was negligent, not simply that another doctor disagreed with his diagnosis and management later on. To do this you would need to show that the first doctor's actions were not in accordance with a "reasonable body of medical opinion". This may be hard to do. His defence team would only have to show that some other consultants would have made the same diagnosis / treatment plan to strike out the claim right there, at negligence, without any regard to causation. JohnHill007's Comments are helpful regarding funding for claims, b
  11. Hi Twaddle I'm sorry to hear about your OH troubled times with his back. I wonder if he needs to see the pain team rather than more orthopaedic surgeons. I often find that the holistic approach taken by some pain teams is far more helpful than a "broken?" - "operate and try to fix" approach of orthopaedic surgeons. They may look at functional rehabilitation, cognitive behavioural therapy and other psychosocial interventions to at least help him deal with his disablities and symptoms more effectively, as well as other possible pain relief measures such as nerve blocks etc. If o
  12. Hi Damselfish, Thanks for your detailed reply to my first post. I think you would have a good chance of showing negligence on the part of a GP who saw someone with respiritory symptoms 6 times and didn't check for atypical pneumonia or order a chest x-ray. I think your GP sounds negligent and possibly a bit lazy! I'm glad to hear you are getting better and making progress with treating these problems. I appreciate your comment on the preexisting symptoms relating to thyroid / adrenal disease - Unfortunately I suspect that these would scupper your chances of proving causation
  13. mazzab

    Vive le NHS!

    Well Said Panthro. Free at the point of need = unlimited demand! why not ask yourself would i go to my GP / A&E / walk in centreif I had to pay £30 for an appointment. If the answer is no then you probably don't need it anyway. The NHS does very well when you consider that it can't raise prices to control demand, which is what the private sector does if demand outstrips supply. More praise for the NHS please! conflict of interest: MazzaB works for the NHS
  14. I am a GP, so I can tell you how it feels from inside the room. Some cases take 5 minutes, but many take more - how do you deal properly with someone telling you they can't see the point in going on living, or that they haven't slept for a month in 10 minutes? Sometimes it takes 20 or 30 minutes. If you take less people moan that their GP doesn't listen, or they don't understand what has happend and come back the next day. Most surgeries i end up about 20-40 minutes over time - so if you want to be seen on time get an appointment near the start. Don't turn up late - If I'm running
  15. It sounds like you have had a very tough time of it. You seem to be having trouble getting a response from the doctors involved, despite help from your GP. The best thing to do is contact the Patient Liason Department at the hospital and talk to them. They can often arrange a meeting with the team that was responsible for your care in hospital, to give you a chance to be heard, and for them to explain things better to you. Scans and xrays are difficult to interpret sometimes, but the doctors looking after you should explain their uncertainty to you BEFORE suregry, not spring it
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