A moan, a kind word, a rant, anything and everything about the British public, good and bad, who use the NHS from a grumpy old male nurse. And a word or two about some of the morons who seem to inhabit my world.
What the hell is going on with this country? More people die in 1 week from road accidents than have died so far this year from swine flu, 56 people per week in 2007, http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1208 and the people who have died have in the huge majority had an underlying illness -see my last post. So why are we giving away prescription drugs to anyone who wants them? For years the medical profession have been trying to cut down on giving people antibiotics for the cold and now the government is giving away Tamiflu without it being necessary to even see a doctor or other prescriber. I have a question, if we are giving Tamiflu now when the Swine Flu is fairly mild, what are we going to do if it returns in the winter all new and improved and really nasty? And another thing, when I think of the hoops I had to jump through and the work I had to do, essays I wrote, exams I passed and the research I did just to be allowed to prescribe a couple of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, why are people with a couple of hours training being allowed to prescribe?
I am a middle aged Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the NHS for over a quarter of a century. If you think you recognise anyone in the posts - you dont, no, really, you dont. All names have been changed to protect the guilty as God is expected to take care of the innocent as a matter of course. I have no wish to be sacked for breaking patient confidentiality. Any opinions expressed here are completely my own and bear no resemblance to NHS policy or procedures and in some cases they will bear no resemblance to sanity.