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by Dan
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: It is sad
Replies: 28
Views: 8596

Re: It is sad

RB, that is horrific. Pancreatitis can be a nasty bastard and sounds like pretty much everything that could have gone wrong did. You must have needed a lot of strength - physical and mental to make it through that. Congrats on not dying, and good luck for the rest of the recovery! I still pop on her...
by Dan
Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

Doctors want the government to listen whilst inconveniencing patients and colleagues as little as possible. The end point here is an indefinite withdrawal of all junior doctor cover. Given that even a single day of emergency-care only striking from doctors was basically unprecedented we had to start...
by Dan
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

Essentially. But more elective procedures & clinics being cancelled ultimately cost the government money and start causing organisational problems -- which given their refusal to negotiate is the only way this will be resolved. And don't worry - not offended (nor do I want you to try to not offe...
by Dan
Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

The same as when there are too many people for the junior doctors + normal (lower) numbers of consultants to handle. The total capacity of the emergency service will be the same as usual, just delivered by different people.
by Dan
Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

It will be non-junior doctor delivered emergency cover. The consultants and some non-training junior doctors will still be there to provide emergency care (which they will be more than capable of handling), but elective work will have to be cancelled to free them up to do so, thus increasing the imp...
by Dan
Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 19219
Views: 1151294

Re: Trivia

Croissants are a breakfast item. Heathen.
by Dan
Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The Mega Music Thread
Replies: 1980
Views: 177639

Re: The Mega Music Thread

Very nice Jez. I like.
by Dan
Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

If we want the NHS as we know it to survive then the solution is simple (if not easy). The NHS needs more money, social care needs more money, and the government has to stop using it as a political football and treating it's employees like crap. I don't know if the NHS would actually benefit from mo...
by Dan
Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

If BUPA can provide high quality care for what I pay them They can't, at least not to anywhere the extent the NHS does. Get really sick in most private hospitals? You'll be in an ambulance to your nearest NHS hospital pretty rapidly. Private healthcare in this country exists by skimming off profita...
by Dan
Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

A year ago I would have called the 'Conservatives are setting the NHS up for privatisation' people tinfoil hatters. Now I genuinely believe it (and I voted for the fuckers - never again). There is no explanation for their current diabolical mismanagement of the NHS other than setting it up to fail, ...
by Dan
Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Non-Essential Free software
Replies: 49
Views: 47683

Re: Non-Essential Free software

I like ImgBurn.
by Dan
Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: The Photography Thread
Replies: 1376
Views: 151658

Re: The Photography Thread

Not sure enough that I've bought or sold anything yet!
by Dan
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

If you work as a (technical term incoming) "ward bitch" in a private hospital you apparently can apparently earn ~£42,000 to ~£65,000 , including accommodation. Better than what is available in the NHS. However, there will be no opportunities for training or career progression, and the job...
by Dan
Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

We spend less than most similar countries: https://image.slidesharecdn.com/health-at-glance-2015-london-event-how-the-uk-compares-151104092628-lva1-app6891/95/health-atglance2015londoneventhowtheukcompares-8-638.jpg?cb=1446629236 Whilst delivering excellent care: https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com...
by Dan
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Serious Discussion
Topic: Serious News Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41425

Re: Serious News Thread

No - almost all the extra work done is currently unpaid and unrecognised. Obviously difficult to quantify, but I'd say on average doctors provide ~200 unpaid hours of work per year, which equates to somewhere between 160 million to half a billion pounds a year (depending on how you pay them) saved b...

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