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GOD BE WITH THE DAYS WHEN MEDICINE WAS A VOCATION!

I have spent 3 days trying to see my GP. I was told I had to telephone at 8.30 am yesterday morning. I rang 45 times between 8.30 am and 9.20 am.

When I finally got an answer I was told I had missed all the doctors “call you back” spots for the day.

I insisted to the receptionist that I needed to see a doctor.

In the afternoon I got the flowing message from a number I could not reply to!

Dear Mr Buckley,

Following your medication request today the GP feels this would be best being discussed with our Nurse Mandy who will call you tomorrow to discuss your symptoms, please expect the call.

Reception Team
Corran Surgery

MY REPLY BY EMAIL

“I did not request medication. I requested an appointment with a GP.

If none of the doctors are willing to see me – then so be it.

I do not want to speak to a nurse.

(Bishop) Pat Buckley

LATER NOTE TO DOCTOR

Dear Dr Hopkins,

I have been a patient of this practice for 38 years. I have never done anything but respect the practice. I have never asked too much or bothered the doctors unnecessarily.

I am now a 70 year old man with various chronic medical conditions.

I have been telephoning the surgery for three days. This morning I called 45 times from 8.30 am to 9.20 am. When answered I was told I had missed the list for today’s calls from a doctor.

I am absolutely disgusted by my treatment today.

But that will not bother you, I imagine?

Pat Buckley

AND

When I first came to Larne in 1984 we had 14 GPs in the town.

Not only did they do five 8 to 6 days – they also covered their own overnight cover.

On top of that they manned the 24 / 7 / 365 A&E in the town.

Today the GPs do a four and a half day week, have all other cover performed by an out of hour doc service and have no A&E work to perform.

And, unlike in the old days, they have practice managers and a whole plethora of office staff – and earn £ 130,000 plus per annum – and Covid and other bonuses.

VOCATIONAL DOCTORS I’VE MET

Dr Charlie Cosgrove GP Larne. Worked day and night. Had time to really listen. Total generosity.

Mr Roy Maxwell Surgeon Belfast. Renowned for his dedication to patients. When he did major surgery on me in 1991 he was at my bedside every day at 8 am, 1 pm and 6 pm. And came to me at 3 am one morning I was poorly.

Professor John Hermon Taylor Dean of Surgery St George’s Hospital London. Renowned surgeon and Crohns Disease researcher. Still working in his mid 80s.

Dr Tom Trouton cardiologist N. Ireland. Always gave and still gives 1000%

I will very interested to hear readers views on medicine – past and present.

UPDATE

Apology from GP. Appointment in 10 minutes and xray in 30 minutes. Result at 4 pm

153 replies on “GOD BE WITH THE DAYS WHEN MEDICINE WAS A VOCATION!”

Pat. I don’t believe you should have a right to medical care. If you want to see a GP you should pay to go private or stay quiet and wait for the NHS to get to you it it’s own time. It is free after all!

With any luck, the NHS will be privatised. I love the idea of it being taken over by Russian owned Gazprom: “you want sex change operation? €4000. With anaesthetic €6000!”

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Seen as you asked….I think you need to find a new Doctor. I’m little over 38 but my family have had the same and his father and soon to be a son in line. I have my GP’s mobile. I used it once or twice. And his practice have so many patients I would not like to mention the figure. And most are lifelong patients and families and probably most on HSE (ROI). I know this is not the case with most people, yet most do take up all of doctors time. I understand that you do not need servicing frequently, but maybe they simply do not like you after all these years, maybe political or religious or other reasons? Just a thought but find a new GP. And not necessarily an Irish one as there are many around seeking patients. ?

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Modeh Ani….By the 12th century there were medical schools throughout Europe ( thanks to Arab texts then translated into Hebrew). The most famous was the echo;; of Salerno in Southern Italy, reputedly founded by a Christian, an Arab, and a Jew. A health spa as early as the second century, Salerno was surprisingly free of clerical control even though it was very close to the famous and very powerful monastery of Monte Cassino. The medical faculty at Salerno allowed women to study there.
Bishop have the RCC got to your doctor ??? I ask the question with humour, you speak of medicine as a vocation. Vocation is a clerical idea, there is in fact no such thing. It was conceived to fortify the caste of Cleric, Medic and Legal; to keep all “not called” out. I assure you your doctor will see you if you offer 100 pounds cash.

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Reply to; Maximilliansays:
Sep 13, 2022 at 11:06 pm
Absolute nonsense! It is far from free ,in the UK each working person pays a percentage of their earnings to National Insurance (N.I) deducted from their salary.Medical treatment is “free” at the point of source, in other words residents in the UK do not pay when in hospital or, after medical treatment as is being deducted via N.I. Dental treatment is only free in very few circumstances, dental treatment can be access at a little lower cost if a dentist is a NHS one, dentures provided by this dentist are of very poor quality and, break easily.
People requiring medication in England have to pay for their prescription unless they are exempt due to the age, income or medical condition. You can get a free prescription if you are: Aged 60 or with some medical conditions. Each individual item costs £9.35p , so, e.f five prescribed items cost £45-75. If there is a chronic problem an annual cost can be used which greatly reduces expenditure, it costs around £110-0p, some chronic problems such as a diabetic get there medicine at no cost from the pharmacy.
It is a very good system but, has it’s flaws, as Pat has pointed out many young doctors don’t waste to be in G.P practice., or only work part time.

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There are no prescription charges in Ulster, Scotland and Wales, thanks to English taxpayers subsidising the Celtic fringe via the iniquitous Barnett formula.

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It’s the same in all public services. Don’t expect the Land Registry, HMRC, The Probate Registry or The Office of The Public Guardian to answer the phone in under 40 minutes. It’s a combination of apathy and WFH post-Covid, the dumbing down, replacing experts with low paid call centre like staff, and general underfunding by the government.

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Genuinely? No interest at all in GPs. USELESS. Absolutley f**k**g useless! Can do absolutely FA do for a patient except refer him to a doctor who CAN help him. It won’t be the useless GP.😅

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So please tell us you’re not registered with a doctor?
I’m sure the one you’re actually registered with and keep abusing, would be happy to see the back of you.

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8.32
Of course I’m registered with a GP, you fool! How else can I be seen by a specialist unless I’m referred to him by a medically useless GP? It’s the system’s fault, not mine.
GPs are a disgraceful waste of public money.
ALL medical students should be required to specialise, otherwise they should be shown the door.
How can general practice be considered a medical specialism? That’s a contradiction in terms. A hoot! 😅 Specialising in being bloody useless to patients? 😕
Uproarious!😅

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A relative discovered that GP shared personal information with PP, a very serious matter, no longer in situ.

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Course it didn’t, it’s from the GDPR troll. Probably the same one who comments random things about unnamed priests to make sure the blog is fictional.

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12.35: Utter lies to perpetuate the myth of the doctor and the clergy collusion. Doesn’t exist in 21st century Ireland. LIES is your forte. Get real.

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12.35 Here in Dublin that’s what we recall our grandparents who thankfully had moved up from the country called “class distinction in a small parish”, zero respect from the clergy and the professional classes, doctors, teachers etc for the ordinary people. There were of course exceptions but doubtful you’d find their descendants on this blog. Inciting hatred appears to be the agenda of the church goers and clergy trolling this blog.

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The problem there isn’t the doctor it’s the government, deliberately running down the NHS so people think it’s rubbish and don’t resist when they hand it over to private companies from the US. Which is incidentally the developed country with the highest morbidity and mortality.

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7:34 Look what happened in Southern Ireland in the cervical smear scandal when they sent the swabs to American labs. So many young mothers died leaving young children. An ongoing disgrace.

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The Laura Brennan campaign in Ennis does great work in highlighting the importance of regular cervical screening. Her late grandad was sacristan in Ennis Cathedral, a gentleman. God rest them both.

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I didn’t know about that, 8:40, but I’m not surprised.
The enemy here is the GOVERNMENT and all the people moaning about the NHS will regret it if we get what the government wants.

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8.40 am – When did Vicky Phelan die? So sorry to hear this news. RIP Vicky. She was one true warrior all through her illness. Great friend of our Charlie Bird.

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Well my GP has been keeping information about me and I’m going to complain to the GDPR people. Last time I went he wanted my blood pressure so I told him to mind his own business.

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7.36 Well my Diocese has been keeping information about me and I have already lodged a complaint to the GDPR people. Last time I checked they were after my blood for exposing a corrupt priest on Pat’s blog.

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9:33
Are you a threat to Roman Catholic religion…? Is exposing a corrupt priest on this blog deemed treasonous..? I’m shocked appalled and amazed.

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9.00 Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence. Oscar Wilde

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Did they not take notes down at your meeting , were you not forwarded on a copy of the report ?
I was ….and I didn’t even have to ask !

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9:33 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣👍
God Bless you, you are a tonic – who needs feckin’ priests or doctors!! 👍

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9am surely the greatest threat to Roman Catholic religion is all their unresolved abuse scandals! It is the duty of any good citizen to report and expose for the greater good. The truth will set them free. So stubborn they cannot even see when they being done a big favour. It’s very unhealthy to be living in the closet and sneaking around telling lies to cover up the truth.

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Quote “Well my Diocese has been keeping information about me and I have already lodged a complaint to the GDPR”.
Firstly, if you didnt want to share information with your diocese you should not have gone there. Once you make an appointment with anyone, be it your diocese, your doctor, dentist, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc.etc. of course they will hold this information on file.
Seconddly, do you think GDPR will entertain your complaint? You gave information willingly to whoever so why then would it have anything to do with GDPR. Will you wake up and cop yourself on.
I have given personal information to my diocese, and also my doctor, dentist, solicitor and neurologist and thats in their hands now. I dont ever want to know whats on any of my files.

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11:06
Read the Diocesan privacy policy. For example one way a Diocese gathers
information on a person is through the parish or other third party! You might want to know what information is on your files held by your doctor, dentist, solicitor and neurologist and Diocese particularly if you had to take a legal case- for example if medical malpractice occurred. What if a priest abused you or a son or daughter…? You are either very naive, very trusting of all professional, or very stupid. You have a right to know what information is held about you on file.

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Sorry to hear about your GP woes Pat. Could your current health issues in any way be connected to all those Covid jabs you so vehemently endorse?

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@ 7.46 nothing to do with Covid jags am 60 and going on Sunday for Flu and Covis jags and I am only 60 so well done NHS.
Just hope the selfish people that do not get their jags place us in Regional lockdowns.

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10:07
Well, aren’t you a clever clogs! 😄
What happened to the flu last winter or was it rebranded as Covid…?
How much do doctors get per jab…? Any doctors with vested interests
in big pharma…? What are the jabs adverse reaction statistics..?
Any answers, clever clogs? 🤔

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7.45 Never got the Covid jabs. Rarely wore a mask when it was mandatory due to a medical exemption, and never got the Covid. Could Covid just be the flu? 🤔

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I don’t need an apology , he’s job is gone for good. #fact

I’m well informed and in the loop on the situation of what’s going on. Are you ? NO!

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K, You have given out more private information on this blog regarding yourself, priests personal info and the church than what the gdpr will ever have on you apart from your pps number.

Difference is they respect peoples privacy and don’t disclose people’s information.

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11.54 You know nothing about what personal data the Diocese has stored on me. What about the information YOU tried to disclose on me. Guards have been notified.

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11.54 Posting the private messages between a priest and yourself on Facebook and having a war with another woman who you falsely accused makes your comments laughable. You, ‘Butcher Girl’ are a hypocrite.

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@11.34 am. Yvonne, stop causing an argument on Pat’s blog (I am NOT Karen). I have read enough comments and you did say you were not going to come back on Bishop Pat’s blog. I think this would be for the best instead of winding Karen up and adding fuel to the fire. Please desist!
Please note all, this is the first time I have made a comment on this matter.
My comment is from a mature lady and NOT from a priest.
That is all.
Thank you

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11.34 yes, but are you “legally entitled” to that information and, therefore, in a position to “quote your source”?

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Your still seething over one comments from over week ago, that hasn’t been mentioned since only by you repeatedly…not difficult to rock your boat love, bless you darling 😊

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Hope you get your appointment soon Pat and all the best for a very speedy recovery. You are a good man. We appreciate all you’ve done for us over the years. God Bless.

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If you dish out shit to people you need to take it. You haven’t spoken to the guards. about what being called on anonymously on a blog for telling the truth, I hope you showed the captions I mentioned too, as I said I have a copy if you need it. I’m being picked on lol Guards would laugh you out of the station. Eejit. Have a bit of cop on for once 🤣

We all have c

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1.59 I know an awful lot remember.
And in response to being a hypocrite. Your 50 with kids carrying on like this what’s your excuse , that’s shocking !

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4.24 as you said you have never commented. says alot more about an individual who watches everything and yet says nothing ever regardless of the content. As opposed to a person who watches and has an opinion with or without their name.

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I do not think you need to worry. Bishop Pat contacted an Irish Bishop on behalf of a vulnerable family member in a property matter and the only people that would have any right to know about that is the Bishop of that Diocese, Bishop Pat and the legal Guardians and representatives of that vulnerable person. It would have no legal or legitimate information gathering function in the running of the Diocese unless there is any conflict of interest we have not been made aware of by that Diocese. We wish you well and will monitor the outcome of your enquiries with interest. Best regards to you and your family.

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8.21 Thank you very much. I have a hunch that the Diocese will refuse me access to some of my personal data.
https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/government_in_ireland/data_protection/rights_under_general_data_protection_regulation.html
‘Can my request be refused?
A data controller can refuse access to some or all of your data where:
Providing your personal data has an impact on the rights of others
Your personal data is listed with the personal data of others (In these cases, the data controller may remove the personal data of others to provide you with your data)
Your personal data is in a document that has trade secrets, confidential information or intellectual
The request is considered ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’ (for example, if you made a request in the recent past and were told that the data controller had no personal data relating to you)
By law, access to your personal data may also be refused in relation to processing carried out:
For electoral purposes, such as publishing a roll of electors
By the Referendum Commission
In the administration of tax and duties
To safeguard Cabinet confidentiality
When defending legal claims.’

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8:58
Expect the run around dealing with State agencies. Lets hope the
Church and State are not in cahoots on matters of mutual interest.
They couldn’t be, could they…?

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10.05 Indeed they could be. According to the Citizens Information Bureau, the Diocese has one month to send me the information that I requested. Not even an acknowledgment from them yet.

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Pat, your experience is replicated around the province. An article in July in the Telegraph indicated that only 25% of gps work full time in the UK. This is having a severe impact on patients and putting an added and ongoing stress on A&E facilities everywhere.
The laugh is that money appears to be part of the reason for this due to pension regulations, but with gps earning £120k pa, this gives the impression they’re in it for the money not to provide adequate patient care.
Our local practice in Co. Derry is opened four and a half days a week and when you ring and eventually get through, you are faced with office staff who triage your call. This is a total cop out by the gps.
My wife had a rare stroke over 2 years ago and when my daughter rang to speak to a gp, the receptionist refused to allow her to speak directly to a gp. She was a medical student at the time and now a trained doctor. This condition is time critical and because it presented as atypical, we wanted to have a quick discussion just to confirm the diagnosis. The doctor rang back 45 mins later and gave off to my daughter about her “direct” approach to their triage expert.
Long story short, my wife went to A&E, was misdiagnosed with migrainous vertigo, sent home the same day despite worrying symptoms. She only got a proper diagnosis 3 months later following a MRI, simply because we pushed the issue.
Thankfully, she has recovered but our experience particularly with frontline gp service and A&E was exceptionally poor.

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The arrogance of your reply is probably from a typical entitled smart arse. Most people cannot afford to take out private medical care. Each of us pay into the system with national insurance contributions. The least you expect is a basic provision of care which in increasing circumstances doesn’t happen.

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No, 8.55! Stop voting bloody Tory!! These wealthy entitled English bastards have been underfunding the NHS for years.

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Your experience + Pat chimes exactly with mine. You phone for an appointment, wait 30 mins / 45 mins in the queue to be told that all appointments have gone, and that you will have to phone back this afternoon, or tomorrow. So, you do, only to be told that all the appointments have gone, please phone back tomorrow morning…..and so on.
If you turn up in person at the surgery to ask about an appointment, the overwhelming sense from the receptionists is that you have an impertinence to be there and to expect anything.
When I made a bit of fuss, I was informed that this was not private health care and I could not expect the kind of treatment that I wanted. To which my response was, that this is my private health care plan because I have paid in to it for the last 55 years with my taxes and NI contributions ! Bloody cheek of them !
Remember, in the UK GP practices are a business owned by the GP partners, and they have a vested interest in making as much money as they can. So, they trim accordingly. To hell with the convenience of their patients as long as the GPs are making money ! I have noted that occasionally the GPs are contacting me to make an appointment for a blood test, cholesterol testing, blood pressure testing etc. I’ve worked out that the reason they are contacting me is that there is a fee that they receive when they hit targets so are keen to get me ticked off. But, if I decided I want to see the GP myself for my own reasons, sod that ! I’m costing them money so they are not bothered.
I’ve noticed also that the majority of GPs in my practice only work part time. It’s clear that what they are earning by working only part time is still more than enough to live in the nice houses in the nice neighbourhoods, still enables them to drive their Volvo cars, to send their kids to the nice fee paying schools, and still to go on their skiing holidays and summer holidays. Oh, and don’t forget the ‘conferences’ they are able to go on paid for by drug companies whose products they prescribe to us. When we eventually can see them !

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Nope, I did not vote leave. I am still firmly part of the rescind and rejoin mind. Brexit was the worst strategic mistake the UK has made in 50 years. I guess the GP trouble is part of that problems and difficulties resulting from that idiocy.

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7.38 am
I think all those ‘Leave voters’ have realised by now what a mistake that was.

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@8.29 am
I concur with everything you have said. You have to ring up in the morning between 8.30 am – 9 am, wait ages to then be told “I’m sorry my love all the telephone consultations have gone for today, ring back tomorrow”. So you ring back the following day and the same thing happens etc etc. No longer able to book an appointment to see a GP (it’s been like this since Covid). When you ask if you can see a GP in person the reply is “Sorry my love it’s emergencies only”.
When I was a child in the 1960’s, the GP’s surgery hours were printed outside the surgery and you just turned up and waited in the waiting room, morning surgery and afternoon surgery. Only one doctor who did all his own visiting and night time visits.
It’s the same trying to get an appointment with a dentist – unless you are a private patient.

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Nearby me there have sprung up two private GP practices. It’s nice bit of town, so I guess they are cashing in on the population here deciding to bypass their NHS GP and go private. At least they will get seen for a £150 fee. However, not everybody can do that. So, we are definitely heading more in to a two tier system, which will become like dentistry where you get seen if you are private, if you are NHS you wait, and wait, and wait……

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Reply to; GPs – what a shambles…..says:
Sep 14, 2022 at 8:29 am
In 2022, there were over 18.9 thousand female General Practitioners in England,
compared to approximately 16.8 thousand male GPs. Frédéric Michas Mar 7, 2022.
I agree there are many Harridans manning the G.P. surgery receptions.
As you can see from the figures above there are more female G.P.’S than men, the many of the women work part time, which is their RIGHT to choose. There is only so much that can be done in there paid time, I am sure many work far more hours than they are paid for. My surgery has improved by allocation of some of the less pressing appointments to the highly educated and skilled nurses, which relieves pressure on the doctor, also a very skilled phlebotomist. Nurses carry out cervical smear tests, etc.
Yes, they are well compensated for their work, but, for their responsibility, no money compensates, one slip-up and, their out, and their name is mud. Yes as in other professions they attend conferences, and rightly so, keeping up to date is of vital importance.

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First of all, nurses are not well compensated….second of all, nurses are not well compensated…..and yada yada………………nursing is a true vocation and I commend every single one of them, overworked, not paid half their worth, and have the respect of very few governments.

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Pat, you must be well aware of the pressures that the NHS is under. You must also be aware that GP”s the country over are overwhelmed by the queues at their surgeries. Covid has slowed down the doctor/patient interaction and now we can only see our GP by appointment. It’s inconvenient and very annoying but I’d always give preference g
to someone definitely worse than me. When we feel vulnerable because of our sickness, condition or relentless pain, it’s very frustrating not to get to your GP or to have to wait in waiting room. My GP is and always has been superb to me…However I would never feel so “entitled” as to expect preferential treatment. If a priest had written this kind of letter of complaint, Pat would crucify him with a merciless onslaught. There is a sense of entitlement which Pat has appropriated to himself and it smacks of rank hypocrisy. None of us want a to feel we are just a “number” to any doctor. I wish Pat and all who are unwell a good recovery..

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You would think with these medical woes the church would set up free clinics for poor people. They are a charity, after all, and Christians like helping people. 😀

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8:36 Church a Charity?? The only reason they apply for a charity registration number is for the tax breaks and refunds on donations. You give them your pps number & they reclaim the tax from revenue. Win, win!

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Pat you may get an email from the Practice Manager saying Trust and Confidence in their Practice with you has broken down due to your letter.
The Best interests of both of you will be for you to seek another Practice.
People in the UK have been getting letters like that and when they seek another Practice their is none so NHS board appoints you one and they get more money.
You should not have written but gone to A&E or call 111 it is 24/7

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Pat better 111 than waste A and Es time for something not urgent.
Doing that is inconsiderate and can endanger lives.

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12:09 Or just ask the nearest priest, they’ll direct him to the nearest clap clinic who’ll be helpful.

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Agree 100% Pat . Same story down south. The difference is in years gone by GP’S Pharmacists , Nurses , nuns etc went beyond the call of duty to look after people. These days , they are not prepared to do that. They are way more concerned about looking after themselves and their families. Maybe they are right. It’s a me me world.

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Bishop Pat
Maybe it’s best if you ring 111. That is what I have decided to do in future if I can’t get at least a telephone consultation after three attempts. At least that way you can tell 111 operator that you have tried three times to see a GP at your own practice but to no avail.

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Having worked in specialist mental health services I can confirm that needs get moved around the system rather than being at the right level of care.
This is because health professionals try to take the stress off their own overworked area.
The ONLY solution to the NHS is large investment of money, people and everything. In reality the cuts have given us much less of a service than we used to have.
The other reason it needs a large investment is that it was never properly financially planned in the first place. They thought it would need one large investment and then everyone would be healthy and it would cost less to run as it went on. In reality it costs more because increasingly life expectancy increases the diseases of old age. Also when people were very pleased at their ‘free’ dentures in the forties nobody could foresee the expensive procedures the NHS would now be doing.

The solution is very simple: tax billionaires hugely.

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It is just the same in England and Wales. There should be weekend surgeries; nurses doing much more work and prescribing; triage for all patients arriving at a surgery; longer time limits for consultations with patients who need them; and we need many more doctors in training. BTW Nicky Hudson is yet to be announced as Bishop for East Anglia. He will love being near and may move to Cambridge. Auxillaries are yet to be appointed in Southwark and Wesminster. Then there is Plymouth.

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….and, of course, they need to move on + Elsie from Westminster and send him in to retirement….but he’s hanging on for dear life always with the self-serving reason that the Pope has asked him to stay on and so he is being obedient and self-sacrificing…..whereas the truth is that he is desperate to hang on and is shit scared of becoming irrelevant….although he sort of hasn’t got the message yet that priests and people have already largely become irrelevant…although he will love the opportunity to play a minor bit part in the Queen’s funeral next week, I’m sure !

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@2:48pm
You’re such an inveterate liar only the other day you were saying to people how much you hated Patsy and you were never going to be on the blog again. That didn’t last long. To wish anyone good health is not sucking up, I wish you the opposite.😏

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The blog should close permanently, as a mark of respect. Failing that, it should go into abeyance until after the Period of Mourning.

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I’d venture a guess that it has to do with the fact that you were able to publicise it on this blog, and somebody has informed them. They don’t like negative publicity. Maybe they, and the bodies that supervise them, will take a look at all the other comments, which give a picture that is not flattering, and take note. People are not happy with GPs as currently run, by and large.

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Totally agree. They’re not stupid. Negative publicity from a forum like this would possibly have negative consequences for their practice. It shouldn’t have happened in the first place but is happening all too often everywhere.

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PRIMARY CARE

GPs are called Primary Care.

But our primary carer is always ourselves.

Life and health are wonderful gifts from God. We should care for and treasure these gifts

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11:26
Spot on, Pat.
We should recognise our power in relation to health matters.
Best wishes for a full recovery. 🙏

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11.26

If health and life are wonderful gifts from God, then I’m wondering why those wonderful gifts are withheld from many people even before birth?

Is God a cunt?

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1.15
Very few people, if any, look after their health. They have poor lifestyles, which contribute to poor health.
Those who deliberately and habitually damage their health should be refused medical treatment. I include the ‘anti-covid vaccineers’ in this.
Let them die. It’s their choice.

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3:12
You sound like an unethical immoral medical fascist with little consciousness of what is going on in the real world. Have you any idea
of the number of adverse reactions to Covid vaccine or the numbers of deaths due to the vaccine..? Ignorance is bliss. With regards to people looking after their health, speak for yourself rather than making gross generalizations about lifestyles, habits and withholding medical interventions.

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You’re lucky Pat as you have a bit of leverage. Most people don’t. Hope all goes well for you nonetheless.

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@3.12 pm
For goodness sake, don’t be so ridiculous. Of course medical treatment should not be withheld for anyone.
Do try to work on becoming a better person.

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3.12: Do you include in this all gay people who engage reckless in wild, perverse unprotected sex and who sleep around promiscuously? They surely should pay for their reckkess endangerment to others. I contend that the genuinely sick people in our communities, the elderly particularly, must always be a priority.

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Secondary care on a medical card with certain heslth conditions pat is also heartbreaking ….ones they find hard to treat !

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4.36, I am indeed working on becominig a better person…a wiser one.
All medical treatment should be refused those who refuse to change lifestyle habits that are seriously damaging their health. Of course it bloody well should! Are you a born-again fool?

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bishoppatsays:
Sep 14, 2022 at 10:41 am.
Good news Pat, best wishes for your recovery, I hope all will turn out well for you. Being a Bishop has power, or is it a miracle? LOLSXXXXX

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I have a new gp with a couple of months she’s lovely but can’t seem to get through to them they never answer the phone and they are so busy I’m expected to wait a couple of days for an appointment.
Your alot nicer than me pat, I tore him my old gp a new asshole over email, he hates confrontation, so I confronted him with plenty. he was useless.
I couldn’t get a new gp in town ,I comtwcted loads, none would take me on all doctors were full to capacity , I had to write to the hse they assigned one to me.
Doctors don’t care anymore, all lawsuits and over whelmed, it’s a bloody joke for those of us that have health problems

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Medicine is turning into a female-dominated profession, just like schoolteaching and the Anglican ministry, and in all three cases they seem to prefer to work part-time, both to look after their children for a few hours a week and because the part-time job is only done as pin money or to pay for the Waitrose shopping while the husband brings in the big bucks. This growth in part-time work has knock-on effects on service provision.

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A priest would NEVER be bitter and twisted! Didn’t you know that they are all ‘Christmen’? Read Dr Gerard McGinnity’s eponymously titled book.

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Never, ever, trust a nurse. My mom was overdosed on paracetamol in the RVH. She was given liquid form, tablet form and in combination with codeine. She has liver failure as a result.

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You were lucky, Pat, not to be delisted for scolding your GP.

GPs dont have to give a reason for delisting a patient; they just tell him to find another doctor. That’s it. They can actually delist a patient just because they don’t like him.

Patients actually have very few rights. Power is in the hands of GPs to act almost at will. And some of them do. It’s a form of abuse, bullying, and it needs to end.

I once made a complaint about a former GP over seriously incorrect information in my medical notes; the matter ended up in court with funding from the Equality Commission. The entry had been made by an idiot locum, and my GP told me she was powerless to erase the the errors.

After the court hearings, my GP wrote to me and advised that it might be in my best interest to find another doctor. My best interest? My freakin’ eye! 😕 It was her interest she cared about, not mine; this had been the case all along. She just wanted rid of me, but couldn’t force me out of the practice, because GPs cannot delist a patient for making a complaint. I ignored the letter and refused to go. It must have annoyed the hell out of her, I’m delighted to say.😅 She is now retired, and I’m still with the practice.

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Here’s the solution to the NHS difficulties.
WOULD THE ENGLISH PLEASE STOP VOTING IN TORY GOVERNMENT AFTER TORY GOVERNMENT?
The Tories are alone responsible for destroying the health service through year after year of massive underfunding.

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2:34 This is terrible to think of but I think it’s going to have to get worse before it gets better. How people can have failed to get that message even with Thatcher is beyond me. I think this winter with people starving, freezing and beaches in safe Tory seats covered in faeces, is what it will have to take to make people realize that.
And it’s even worse to think but Tory voters are predominantly elderly so the only silver lining is as time goes on their voters are dying off.

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Quite right! Britain deserves a proper far right government, not the neo-socialist excuse of a party that the Conservative Party has become!
Brexit means Brexit! Small government! Freedom and independence for all!

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Tis the difference between doing and being Is the doctor someone who is a doctor or someone who does doctoring Bit like thauld priest doing vs being

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They are overwhelmed still no excuse but reality …
Begging for pain relief and valume …
It’s become a epidemic ….serious problem, people are stressed and overwhelmed…

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I was in Galway University hospital the other day it is much similar to up north. There seemed to be more doctors and nurses having breaks and walking around with very few patients. When one enters the doors one is met with a huge amount of LGBT bunting and flags. One priest told me he feels intimidated when he goes to visit a patient with the flags in his face. I know it is not catholic and is state owned but why do we need this in our face. The parking charges are extraordinary. I can go on but another day..

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Did you pick the graphic at the top deliberately with the secular idea of vocation in mind? Because it’s quite striking that of course there’s no mention of G*d.

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Reminds of a story pat , few yrs ago. had a tutor once teaching us office administration, when we came on to the tedious part of the course he jokingly said that if he was to have a bad weekend he would give us this work on a Monday morning as punishment .. ‘I said you give me a bad Monday morning , I’ll give you a bad week sir’ …he laughed he’s arse off and said ‘few have tried’ I said Mr I have never failed anything that I set my mind too 🙃😁we still text and talk yrs later, best of buds, loves the ould banter 😁

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3 mile queue to see the Queen lying in State. No less than HM deserves. Nothing has been the same since the Pandemic, and it is all getting progressively worse.

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You should do a blog pat on the awareness and dsmgers of taking valume long term, it would be hard now to find a gp that will give it to you and they are dead right, it’s a short term solution but it’s a serious problem,they hablve clamped down massively thankfully …should do a blog on it !

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It’s spelled ‘Valium’. And no GP on the planet would over prescribe it for more than a week unless you are in an institution. Stick to your vodka that you obviously drink alot of whomever provides you with it and as GF knows, you are jobless and homeless!

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Valium is a big problem pat , gps are exhausted from saying no and they are buyimg from the black market, dangerous drugs and their right to say no, if only peeps were educated

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Thank you very much for a good post today. I do sympathise with you. It is frustrating.
It is a bit of post code lottery.
In London, on the phone you are no. 48 in the queue at 8.00am, hang on for an hour (costing a fortune) to find all appointments are booked.
Even the hospital consultants (some of them) are not much better. Telephone consultation on the phone with someone with ear problems. I ask you?
Scotland, GP surgery, on the phone, no. 3 in the Queue and sorted in 15 minutes. Appointment with GP in a week and at hospital a week later and prescription issued.
You are correct, it is no longer a vocation. It is a career and a lazy one at that.
Too much change and upheaval over many years in the NHS. Too much empire building and not enough patient care. Too much change is as bad as no change.
Please get well. Disagreements can be healthy.
Pax
Garngad Lad

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Any word on the Roscrea Parish MIAs? I hear they are enjoying their ‘career breaks’ very much.. rediscovering their true vocations I’m sure..

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