Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category

Money’s Too Tight To Cure You

June 1, 2015
Cancer cure

Cancer conundrum

We’re seeing reports of another possible cure for cancer which is great.

But as usual, we’re already being told it might be too expensive for the NHS.

Seems to me there’s a simple answer to this. We just say that if a drug won’t be available to NHS patients, it won’t be made available privately.

I’m pretty sure the cost would fall then because the drug companies obviously want to be able to sell their product.

There was a young girl on our local news tonight who has to be on a dialysis machine for 10 hours a day. There is a drug which seems it would help, from results abroad, but again she has been told it’s too expensive. Of course if she came from a rich family that wouldn’t be an issue.

That’s not fair, it’s #FinancialDiscrimination.

Make Vanity Fair

February 20, 2011
Jordan

Vanity there!

Just read over Mrs Aaaaargh’s shoulder that Jordan has had £150,000 more of plastic surgery.

Which got me thinking….. how about we slap an extra tax (slap being an apt word here) on cosmetic surgery done out of vanity and ring fence the money to provide reconstructive surgery for people who really need it – like those born with a disfigurement or involved in an accident or fire.

This could be a great saving for the NHS and might help people who need it get treated sooner.

And of course Jordan could sell her story to Hello magazine, get more surgery with the money and more people get treated …. it’s the opposite of a vicious circle!

Doctor in the House? You’ll be lucky!

August 29, 2010

Doctor in the House

Recently, Mrs Aaaaargh was taken ill, very ill in fact. It started suddenly about 3pm on Tuesday and she was violently sick with diarrhoea. Like most of us she took herself off to bed but finally contacted me at work about 6.30.

When I got in I called the doctors surgery to get an out of hours doctor to see her…. but no, it’s not like that now. I got put through to someone who was obviously asking questions, entering the answers and following screen prompts. The outcome was that we didn’t need a doctor but to get some Dioralyte from the 24 hour Tesco and sip on that and ice lollies to replace the lost fluids.

I explained she couldn’t keep these down but was told if it continued for 5 days (yes, 5 days) she should contact her GP. I’m no medical expert but that sounded a long while but you have to assume these people know what they are talking about.

The next day, after not being able to take on any fluids we contacted the GP surgery. I went down and picked up a prescription for a tablet to stop the sickness, trouble was this wouldn’t stay in her system. That night (over 24 hours now) she called for an ambulance. They wouldn’t send one out but got a nurse to call us back and she did eventually agree to send one out. The paramedics checked her blood pressure and temperature, said A & E wasn’t what she needed and called the local Emergency Health Centre. They wouldn’t send a doctor out so an appointment was made for 4.45am (half an hour’s time) and I had to take Mrs Aaaaargh in the cold and rain.

She was eventually seen just after 5am having waited 20 minutes, feeling like crap and soaking wet. The doctor injected her to stop the sickness and told us to contact the GP next day if she wasn’t any better.

She wasn’t so I went to the surgery in the morning (couldn’t get through on the phone) but again the doctor wouldn’t come out so an appointment was made for 10.20am. We got there on time but didn’t get to see the doctor until 10.45 when he referred her to hospital.

I had to drive her there of course and she was immediately put on a drip due to the massive loss of fluid.

If a doctor had come out when we first called, not only would Mrs Aaaaargh have been treated quicker (it eventually took more than 48 hours) and suffered less but the NHS would have saved the cost of an additional doctors appointment, a paramedic team visit, the Emergency Health Centre time and probably some hospital time as they would have caught the problem earlier.

I also need to add that at all stages we mentioned that our grandson had been diagnosed with Campylobacter virus a week or so earlier (we were told at the time that it was not catching) and that we had been looking after him over the weekend. When Mrs Aaaaargh was in hospital, as soon as the tests showed she had caught it, she was isolated – so much for it not being infectious.

We don’t have any comaplaints about the hospital, it would just have made more sense to have been there earlier.

But there’s progress for you. You had more chance of getting a doctor to visit in the old days on his horse and cart than you do now.

Swine Flu – The Upside

April 28, 2009
Swine Flu

Swine Flu

They say every cloud has a silver lining and for a Government that manages to colour silver grey, this could be a wonderful opportunity.

If  there is a major outbreak of Swine Flu the Government will no doubt offer vaccines to those less able to fight off the symptoms ie the very young or the very old (and probably Members of Parliament – this won’t of course be illegal and a committee will be set up to investigate if it undermines public confidence).

This will leave the bulk of the population unprotected but fear not.

On the upside, unemployment figures will plummet and there will be more jobs available. Less people will be on benefit and the housing shortage will end, pushing up house prices and kick-starting the economy. And of course shares in pharmaceutical companies will rocket which will push up the FTSE.

And when that happens we will all be grateful to the swine (no, not that one but he will take credit anyway).