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Topic: I am starting to lose faith in the NHS
Posted by: Susan Kelly
Date/Time: 04/10/14 19:28:00

My elderly father had (yet another) fall at his sheltered housing yesterday. Paramedics were called to check him over. I spoke to them on the phone and they were lovely. They wanted him to go to A&E, just in case, but he refused. The reason for this is that, his local A&E having closed last year, the nearest one is about 15 miles away and, having been seen, he is left to make his own way home which, given that he can hardly walk, means a minicab costing 30 quid, or more than half of his weekly food budget.

What really bothers me, though, is that his GP was asked by the paramedics to look in on him and apparently agreed to do so, only to decide he couldn't be bothered, so he sent a prescription for painkillers instead. The surgery is two minutes' drive away. Any GP who wasn't a complete a-hole would have at least looked in on him on his way home in an attempt to justify his 100,000+ a year salary.

This is the future, people, when we, too, are old and frail.


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I am starting to lose faith in the NHS04/10/14 19:28:00 Susan Kelly
   Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS05/10/14 17:33:00 Vanessa Smith
   Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 09:07:00 Angus McPhail
      Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 09:29:00 Guy Lambert
         Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 09:48:00 Vanessa Smith
            Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 10:10:00 Nigel Brooks
         Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 11:42:00 Will Watson
      Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 11:22:00 Susan Kelly
   Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 11:36:00 Tomasz Keller
      Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 11:54:00 Iris Hill
         Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 12:35:00 Nigel Brooks
            Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 12:52:00 Angus McPhail
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 12:58:00 Will Watson
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 13:12:00 Iris Hill
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 14:21:00 Arnold Saxton
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 14:11:00 Vanessa Smith
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 14:23:00 Will Watson
                        Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 14:48:00 Philippa Bond
                           Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS06/10/14 15:20:00 Angus McPhail
                              Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS08/10/14 12:06:00 Will Watson
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS08/10/14 13:57:00 Guy Lambert
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS08/10/14 14:26:00 Will Watson
                                       Medical tourism08/10/14 15:27:00 Sandie Goodman
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS08/10/14 16:21:00 Susan Kelly
                              Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS08/10/14 15:28:00 Andrew Cumming
   Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,08/10/14 15:39:00 Richard Greenhough
      Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,09/10/14 10:13:00 Sam Hearn
         Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,09/10/14 10:46:00 Guy Lambert
            Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,09/10/14 11:31:00 Gerry Tan
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,09/10/14 13:16:00 Vanessa Smith
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,09/10/14 14:04:00 Philippa Bond
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,09/10/14 14:00:00 David Roberts
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,13/10/14 19:03:00 Kathleen Healy
                  :I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,13/10/14 23:40:00 George Knox
                     Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 00:18:00 Guy Lambert
                        Re:Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 09:31:00 Vanessa Smith
                        Re:Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 11:11:00 Kathleen Healy
                           Re:Re:Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 13:34:00 Sam Hearn
                              Re:Re:Re:Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 14:43:00 Vanessa Smith
                           Re:Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 16:31:00 George Knox
                              Re:Re:Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 16:52:00 Guy Lambert
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re::I am starting to lose faith in the NHS, the banks, the energy companies, the pension funds, insurers,14/10/14 19:18:00 Kathleen Healy

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