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calendar   Thursday - April 16, 2020

Gazing Into My Crystal Ball

COVID will change the way we shop, forever.

Even after the government allows society to re-open, you know you’re going to have to wear your mask everywhere. Maybe gloves too. Googles? We’ve already figured out that shaking hands may never happen again. But that’s just the start. Reusable shopping bags were really pushed by the greenies last year, but are now utterly verboten. Plastic straws are also back in vogue, but you will never see an unwrapped straw again, or the old glass container with dozens inside, pick your own. Gone forever, with good reason. 

I read an article yesterday talking about the effectiveness of UV-C as a sanitizing process for protective masks, to allow their re-use. It probably works, but why not use boiling water or an autoclave if your masks are made of the right materials? But for your phone, your keys, and so on it may be an answer.

I’ve known about UV-C used in HVAC ducts for a long time now. I expect this use to grow exponentially. I also expect a lot more use of electrostatic air filtration, which is many times better at catching dust and dirt (and germs?) as your typical $1 fiberglass furnace filter. I’d push it a small step further, using a disposable standard air filter as a pre-filter. How long until both of these become mandated for all office buildings and stores? And homes?? Cars???

But it was a trip to the grocery store that really made this idea bloom. Even with all the shopping restrictions currently in place, people have not yet really changed their shopping habits. They still seem to touch, smell, and pick through every piece of produce in the store. Are you nucking futz?? This behavior needs to be GONE. The open food areas in the store are already shut down - the hot prepared pick-your-own trays over by the deli, the salad bar, the trays of pickled mushrooms and peppers, fresh cheese, etc - gone. Probably forever. Even with sneeze guards. It simply is not enough at this point. We are going to shift to a “you touch it you buy it” philosophy. Expect all produce to be behind a plexiglass barrier, with PPE wearing clerks bagging your selections. The old days of Mrs. Grundy picking up every cantaloupe, squeezing them, bringing them up to her face to sniff them. Never again, ever. But as long as the economy recovers, we won’t be reduced to the Soviet style “This is your issued turnip comrade. You can buy another one Thursday” thing.

The “shop from home” service provided by our local grocery store is booming. Text in your list, and your credit card. Pick up your order at the sidewalk, or pay extra and they’ll drive the van right to your house. Will that become mandatory? Or will this all just blow over and we’ll go back the same old ways?

I can also see that a balance point will be necessary. We can not expect, demand, or even survive in an absolutely germ free environment. Not only is the cost of implementing that insanely expensive, but we become weaker people from it, with lowered immunity to an infinite number of illnesses.

But I can see a day when the guys in the butcher shop are fully gowned, gloved, and full face masked. And I can see that same day where every piece of raw meat is sent down the UV-C sanitizing tunnel before and after it gets wrapped. And I can see a similar thing with all produce. I don’t think this will extend to boxed products, but it might be needed at the Post Office or at bulk shippers or at Amazon.

Already people are spraying down the boxes of stuff that they order, or putting them off to the side for a number of days before even touching them. Because COVID. Is this extreme behavior? I can’t say. But the last box that got dropped off here stayed out on the porch for 3 days before we even brought it in the house. Lucky us that we live in a crime free area, and our front patio is not visible to anyone from any angle.

I don’t know if NJ’s law against pumping your own gas will extend to other states. But if I was getting gas in Kansas, I’d wear gloves while doing so, and hold the gas pump nozzle with a wipe. Just to be sure.

Will we become a “plexiglass city” society, not just to reduce crime, but to reduce the spread of germs? I want that to be a laughably excessive solution, but we already live in a world of extremes. Where is the balance point between freedom of choice (at least in terms of shopping) and public safety?

Get back to me in a year or two and we’ll see if my predictions become reality. If you want, put your own predictions in the comments. How else will “raised viral awareness” change our lives?


Somewhat Related:

Over at Townhall, a look at other things they are a changing. Like college. Like the office. Like everyday people’s awareness of the media BS and the one-world BS. Nothing you don’t already know, but a nice 5 minute read.

Work: Working at home was already getting to be sort of a thing. Now, it’s pretty obvious that a lot of people can work at home. In fact, they should. Sure, there’s the management challenge of making sure employees don’t confuse working at home with a vacation, but for a lot of us, the office is going to be a thing of the past. This is especially good news if you tend to dislike other people.

I’ve thought about that one too, but from a different angle. If you have a job at an office in NYC, and live in NJ and are now a permanent work from home employee, do you still owe income tax to NYC or NY? I used to work for a multi-national IT company based in Plano TX. I worked in NJ. I did not pay income taxes to Texas. Why should these people? We need some sensible nationwide legal clarification. As in: no, they don’t get to tax you, period. Just the state you work in. Extending this idea into the future could create a massive remote corporate workforce in states with no or very low income tax. Sweeet. OTOH, do you get to keep that inflated NYC salary? Which goes 3 times further in Tumbleweed Wyoming? Orgasmic, but don’t bet on it. OTTH, low cost of living area employees could totally boost a corporation’s profit margin via salary reductions.]


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calendar   Thursday - February 27, 2020

New Jersey To The Rescue

Asian Airlines are disinfecting their planes with operating room strength multi-quat disinfectants. One of them, D-125, is made right here in West Caldwell NJ by the Microgen company.

“Airlines unleash herpes disinfectant to clean virus-tainted planes”

Airlines are turning to some of the world’s hardest-hitting disinfectants, capable of stopping everything from sexually transmitted diseases to the MRSA superbug, in the fight against the coronavirus.

Qantas Airways, Korean Air Lines and Singapore Airlines’s carrier Scoot are among airlines that helped evacuate people from the outbreak’s epicentre, the Chinese city of Wuhan, and from a cruise ship off Japan.

They’ve stepped up aircraft-cleaning efforts as a result, trying to ensure that planes used in rescue missions are safe to be put back into commercial use.

The standard vacuum-and-wipe clean-up on board has turned into hospital-grade sterilisations.

Qantas used Viraclean, a hospital-grade disinfectant made by Sydney-based Whiteley Corp. It’s a pink, lemon-scented liquid that kills a range of bacteria and viruses including Hepatitis B and herpes simplex, according to the manufacturer. Surfaces heavily soiled with blood or sweat should be soaked with undiluted Viraclean, Whiteley says.

Korean Air opted for MD-125. That’s a diluted version of D-125, a cleaning solution made by Microgen and used in industries from health care to poultry farming. The company says MD-125 acts against 142 bacteria and viruses, including salmonella, avian flu, HIV and measles.
How are the planes cleaned?

Qantas used the same Boeing 747 on its two flights from Wuhan and another from Tokyo back to Australia. It was cleaned for 36 hours. Pillows, blankets, magazines and headphones were all thrown out, the airline said. The cabin was sprayed twice with disinfectant, which covered all the seats, floors, armrests, tray tables, overhead luggage bins and walls. The cabin was then wiped down. The plane’s air filters, which are similar to those used in surgical theatres, were also replaced. The 747 was back on the Sydney-Santiago commercial route this week, according to data from

Korean Air used one Boeing 747 on two flights from Wuhan, and an Airbus SE A330 for the third. As well as spraying and wiping down the cabin, cleaning teams replaced seat covers and dividing curtains near the galleys and disinfected the luggage hold, the airline said. The planes were only allowed back into service with the approval of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea.

I’ve written before about my use of D-128, a dual quat operating room strength disinfectant mainly used in the veterinary trade. It’s amazing stuff. It kills every kind of germ you can think of. Mold, fungus, bacteria, viruses, you name it. Avian flu, staph, strep, black mold, HIV, parvo, measles, H1N1, and many of the other horrible germs out there fall to it’s efficacy.

There are other types of effective
So I think these airlines are doing the right thing. Korean Air may have gone a bit far by replacing all the cloth materials in the cabin, but too far may be barely enough to alleviate public fears. I would like to see this level of sanitation become standard on all airlines, in addition to installing a large bank of germicidal UV lights, electrostatic precipitaters, and ozone generators in the HVAC systems. Sadly, airliners and cruise ships are giant Petri dishes. Airliners perhaps especially, as the cabin air gets recycled endlessly while in flight.

Going forward, even when this is over, you might see everyone on the plane wearing masks, all the time. There are even effective disinfectants that can be sprayed on these masks that don’t have harmful vapors and will kill most viruses for 6 hours of use.

Generally, if you want a disinfectant wipe or spray you can have confidence in, find ones that are rated to kill SARS and MERS. There aren’t many that do both, but there are plenty that do one or the other. NONE OF THEM has yet been proven to kill the Wuhan virus, because it is so new. However, WuFlu seems to be very closely related to these, so it’s a fair bet they should work. But it’s still a bet, not a guarantee.

Here is a pretty darned good site: What Kills It


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calendar   Wednesday - October 15, 2014

sleep walking one

Finally, after waiting 10 long years, one half of this very old and (sadly) decaying house, the last of the original three built by same builder in 1920’s, is about to get new windows in the front.

(Btw ... house in foreground demolished and replaced by a really ugly house, and home to annoying barking dogs. Note to self. Kill those F dogs. Even the hedge seen here no longer looks trimmed cos it isn’t unless we do it. )

The rest of the house, sides and back, will be done in the spring.  Just hope the weather holds one more day.  There’s work this place needs but we can’t do it all at once. Anyway …. half the time you can’t get the ppl to do the work to begin with. Even when you agree to a price. They just don’t show up.

Have things to move ahead of time, and computer to be disconnected late today, with everything moved towards back of the room and out of the way.

Two large windows downstairs and two smaller upstairs.  Gonna be a mess for awhile but hopefully once done we can join the 21st century, window wise I guess.


For years about the only thing holding things up has been paint. Everything is rust of the worst I’ve seen.  Better late than never as the saying goes.  Be a relief to be able to open a window upstairs in warmer times.  Haven’t been able to do that for almost a year.  Wish they had window screens here tho.  Windows don’t open inward like home. They open outward.
I’ll be glad when the work gets done and I can relax.  Won’t be back online again till Late Friday, all being well and that includes me.

Had accident of the dumbest sort two weeks ago. Self inflicted cos I was too damn lazy to bother just reaching for a step stool or three step ladder in next room.

Instead, I reached up to grab a box off the top of a wardrobe, somehow lost grip and down it came on the side of my head. Blood running down the side of my head, not my idea of fun. 

By next day the pains started. Not too bad during most of day but really terrible in mornings and in the evenings. Stiff neck too.
Odd thing, doesn’t hurt at all at the point of original contact. Swelling went away in about three or so days.  Pain is all in back of head.

(to be continued)


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calendar   Friday - May 30, 2014


Usually see darn near a story every week or two like these.  Gets so it’s hardly shocking anymore, but it’s always sad.  Very sad. But now two in the same paper? On the same day? 

I find it hard to believe that these cases, just two among the many, are indicative of the care country wide.  Of course that could well be due my age and that of my wife, who could be feeling lots better these days but isn’t.  So maybe a bit of self delusion here.  I don’t wanna believe it all this bad everywhere. Have to tell you though, there have been time I do wonder, seeing what the wife has put put up with over the last two years.
But nothing like these stories, and so for that I am very thankful.

Mother-of-four, 33, died after doctors missed her cancer THIRTY TIMES - blaming her symptoms on ‘nerve pain and anxiety’

· Jeannine Harvey had suffered agonising pain for several months
· Was repeatedly told it was due to torn ligament, nerve pain and anxiety
· Her family begged doctors to admit her to hospital but nothing happened
· Only diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer three months before she died
· Coroner recorded a narrative verdict and said there had been repeated failures to recognise, diagnose and treat her before her death in July 2012
· Hospital trust has apologised for ‘falling short in several areas of her care’


A mother-of-four died after doctors missed 30 chances to diagnose her cervical cancer, an inquest heard.

Jeannine Harvey, 33, was left so ravaged by pain that she was unable to get out of bed without help.

But despite consultations with her GP and doctors at three hospitals, her cervical cancer was repeatedly misdiagnosed as a potential torn ligament, protruding discs, sarcoma and ‘nerve pain’.
Doctors even suggested at one point that her agony was caused by anxiety.

At one point, Miss Harvey’s sister became so desperate for her sibling to be treated, she got down on her knees to beg doctors to admit her.
By the time medics realised the accountancy student – whose youngest child was only two when she died – was suffering from advanced uterine cancer of the cervix, it was too late.

She died at a hospice in July 2012 – eight months after a blood test first raised concerns.

Yesterday, recording a narrative verdict, the Birmingham and Solihull coroner concluded that Ms Harvey died of uterine cancer of the cervix, which was misdiagnosed on more than 30 occasions.

Repeated failures were made by medical staff to recognise, diagnose and treat her, the inquest heard.
Following a post-mortem examination, it was confirmed that the cancer had originated in the cervix and the Coroner’s interim death certificate stated the correct cause of death as cancer of the uterine cervix.

Jeannine’s sister, Marie Donovan, said ahead of the inquest: ‘All we’ve ever wanted is for someone to tell us how it was possible for medical professionals to miss so many opportunities to correctly diagnose and treat our sister, whose suffering and death were entirely preventable.

‘Throughout Jeannine’s illness, we got the impression that no one was listening to us, and felt doctors were constantly patronizing us by saying it was Jeannine’s anxiety that was making her pain worse.’

With regard to above ..... there’s a second and sad photo at the link I didn’t want to post here. Click the photo above and scroll down.

This next story is not pleasant either and frankly scares the heck outta me for lots of reasons.  Chief among them is, I have found by very personal experience when dealing with medical people here, namely doctors, they do not like the word, “Pain.” No, no.
I don’t care what you f*****g feel or think. Nope.  There isn’t any pain as such.  What you have is .... “Discomfort.”
I’m not being funny here. I’ve read reports on myself after undergoing procedures that described my experience as, “being in some discomfort” or “feeling discomfort.” No doc. what I felt was fucking pain!!!!  So please do not write about or speak the word, discomfort. There is a world of difference. I’ve had broken bones, a bladder tumor removed , a herniated disk and surgery , and a common cold.
I damn well know what pain feels like.  And it doesn’t feel like a fuckin’ cold and a runny, sore nose. 

Last photo of the mother left in such agonising pain in hospital she had to crawl on her hands and knees to beg for painkillers. Three days later she was dead - because ‘doctors missed’ fatal blood clot.


· Margaret Lamberty was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pain

· 45-year-old grandmother had a history of suffering blood clots

· Family claim medics at University Hospital of North Staffordshire ‘abandoned’ her, failing to carry out the proper tests

· Mother-of-four was apparently forced to crawl on her hands and knees to beg for painkillers when her cries for help went unheard, the family say

· Mrs Lamberty’s children claim she was left lying in blood-stained sheets

· She died on April 30 in ‘agonising pain’ say the family, who claim a blood clot in her bowel caused multiple organ failure

· Relatives are considering taking legal action against the hospital
· The trust offered its ‘sincere condolences’ to Mrs Lamberty’s family

· The coroner confirmed an inquest is expected to open later this year


This is the harrowing last photograph of a dying grandmother who was left to crawl along the floor in agony after nurses ignored her cries for help.

Two days later, after being abandoned by staff, Margaret Lamberty died of a treatable blood clot in her bowel that staff had failed to detect.

She was taken to A&E at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by her concerned family with chronic stomach pain on the morning of Sunday April 27.

They told staff the 45-year-old had a history of blood clots – which was also in her medical notes – and urged doctors to carry out tests straight away.

But her family claim medics ignored their pleas and failed to carry out a CT scan that would have detected the clot until two days later when it was too late.

Instead, the mother-of-four was left in a side ward at the scandal-hit hospital for three days. While there, her cries for help were repeatedly ignored – despite the fact the family claim plenty of staff were on duty and ‘didn’t seem busy at all’.

At around 6pm, after Miss Lamberty had been at the hospital for nine hours, her eldest daughter, Laura, 28, pressed an emergency buzzer as her mother screamed in pain.

She waited 30 minutes for assistance, but no one came to help, so she had to go to the reception desk to ask for more painkillers. Staff told her they couldn’t give her anything other than paracetamol.

In desperation, her mother then crawled on her hands and knees down the corridor to beg them for pain relief.

But instead of helping her to her feet or putting her in a wheelchair, her family say she was ignored then eventually walked back to her bed by a male nurse.

‘They looked at her like she was a deluded woman,’ mother-of-five Laura said last night.

‘After I went back to Mum and said they are not coming, that’s when she fell off the end of the bed and crawled out to try and get help. It was really awful.

‘She crawled out of the room and along the corridor. A male nurse came over and just put his hand on her shoulder and guided her back to her room.

‘Then they went and got her some morphine which took the edge off a bit but she was still in pain.’

Laura says she also had to wash her mother and make her bed because no staff were available. And she was allegedly left to lie in blood-stained sheets for 24 hours on her second day in hospital.


On the morning of Tuesday 29 April – two days after she arrived at the hospital – she was taken to a critical care ward when her condition deteriorated. She died at 10pm of multiple organ failure.

Her family say doctors only discovered she had a blood clot in her bowel when it was too late to save her. They are now preparing to sue the hospital.

Laura said: ‘My mum was failed by the doctors and the nurses. She was abandoned in a side room while she died in agonising pain. It was the worst thing I have ever had to see. We told doctors over and over again she suffered from blood clots but they simply ignored us. We are determined to get justice for mum.’

Miss Lamberty, a stay-at-home mother, leaves behind four children – Laura, Sarah Lamberty, 27, Tony Hills, 19, and 14-year-old Gemma Riseley – and eight grandchildren.

Laura, from Chell Heath in Stoke-on-Trent, said that the family decided to take the shocking pictures of their mother, who lived in Stoke-on-Trent, to show the doctors how much pain she was in.

She added that their mother had an arterial disease which had caused blood clots in her legs a number of times before. They had been removed with surgery.



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calendar   Wednesday - March 05, 2014

bottoms up, to your health… as dictated by the state and the WHO

The cover of one morning paper.
The next drug war. The enemy is ...


And Dame Sally Davies, The country’s Medical honcho, shown here, is gonna lead the charge.


Speaking to the Health Select Committee yesterday, the Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said that “sugar has become addictive” and that we have “normalised being overweight”. But is taxing the answer? If it really is addictive, surely it will just hit the consumer in the pocket, topping up the Treasury coffers in the process.

The food industry says that it has been working hard to reduce sugar in products – something which can’t really be disputed, even if much of it has been accidental. Manufacturers have long been raising prices while quietly shrinking the size of their chocolate bars. But, of course, this isn’t just about chocolate.

Sugary foods and drinks not only cause tooth decay, they contribute to your risk of diabetes and being overweight or obese.

So therein lies the answer. While causing financial pain may be a short-term answer, education provides a more sustainable solution. Do the two have to work in conjunction? The choices are out there – the incentive of living a longer, healthier life should be enough.

The above is an edited version of an editorial from a pink and liberal newspaper, which we do read. And why not?  Sometimes they have have a reasonably conservative voice here, or even a lib. who says something that strikes a logical chord.  Alright so not everyday. But once in awhile. Besides all that, someone here has to do the hard and dirty work. It often isn’t easy let me tell ya. Interesting as well, to read and see what they leave out of a story that I’ve just read in our more conservative paper.  Contrasts.

What I really hate about subjects like this is the nanny state of mind so prevelant everywhere.

The idea of a sugar tax isn’t the whole story. And it isn’t just the UK although Sally Davies, who is England’s chief medical officer, has said that sugar is addictive.  This story didn’t just appear today.  It continues but the anti sugar thing cropped up at least a week ago under the usual sky is falling health headlines.

Heaven forbid that a free people should be given information and then allow them to preceed as they want to. But no. Manufacturers are being bullied to alter and or lower the things that make the products taste so good, or else do away with them (sugar for a start) altogether.

The Government could be forced to bring in a tax on sugar to help combat growing levels of obesity, the Chief Medical Officer for England has warned.

Dame Sally Davies told the Health Select Committee she expected ongoing research to establish that sugar is addictive. And she said that being overweight had become “normalised” in the UK and feared that today’s children would live shorter lives than her parents’ generation.

Responding to Dame Sally’s remarks, a leading food industry body insisted sugar was not a cause of obesity - when eaten as part of a balanced diet - and said a tax would hit “the poorest families hardest”.

She was speaking ahead of an expected announcement by the World Health Organisation today that the recommended level of sugar in people’s diet be reduced dramatically. A well-placed source told The Independent that the current recommended figure of 10 per cent of total energy intake from “free sugars” - mainly refined and fruit sugars - would be cut in half to 5 per cent.

In September, sugar was described as “the most dangerous drug of the times” by Paul van der Velpen, head of Amsterdam’s health service.

Professor Terence Stephenson, chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which produced a report last year calling for a tax on sugary drinks, welcomed the idea of a more general tax.

“We would be entirely supportive of the principle,” he said.

And speaking of health, I found this.

Protein-rich diet ‘just as bad as smoking’, scientists claim

MUNICH, GERMANY - OKTOBERFEST This year some caterers offer vegetarian and vegan meals at the Oktoberfest. But as waiters told, most visitors keep ordering the traditionel meat-meals and only some the vegetarian-style. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world’s largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors.
Middle-aged people who eat diet rich in meat, eggs and dairy are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone who only eats a little, according to a new study

And yet, only late last year we read that eggs were off the killer list. Yeah really. We read (too late for me) that it was now okay to have two eggs at breakfast. Some yrs back we were told they were killers.  I’m all for some moderation, I just don’t care for the state or The World Health Org. (WHO) to do it for me. But no ... info isn’t good enough for these folks and so for my own good, they think a sugar tax that raises the price of food items they don’t want us to overuse, will work in much the same way it has on cigarette consumption.

As for sugar being addictive, for whom? How many?  I’m not addicted to it, hardly use it but not bacause of health. I use it on a few things and not at all on others. But because there are perhaps a number who are, the WHO and Miss Davies want more taxes.

And still with health ... here’s something to ponder.

30,000-year-old virus revived in Siberia – where it could signal return of smallpox
Virus that had lain dormant in permafrost, but has become infectious now thawed.
The cause scientists say, is .... Global Warming. They predict it will cause other more deadly strains to revive.

And there ya have it ppl.

Gorbal Warming in the news again.

?? I thought they’d given up on that and changed it to Climate Change.  Can never quite keep up to the tree huggers.


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calendar   Wednesday - February 26, 2014

Safest Winter Olympic Sport

This from the The Washington Post, who seem more concerned about the fashion police than injuries:

Curlers may be sporting the wildest pants of any event at the Olympic Games. But they are at risk for more than being flagged by the fashion police.

Having noticed that, do you notice anything about this graph the WP printed?


Is the sport with the lowest injury rate also the only one that involves… firearms? Sure looks like it.

To quote Random Nuclear Strikes, (H/T to RNS also);

So for heavens sake, ban snowboards and skis!


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calendar   Monday - February 10, 2014

Now what do I do?

So you are out on the frozen pond, lake or river—maybe ice fishing, ice skating, or whatever you do on ice. You fall through the ice into the freezing water. What do you do?

Somebody on my Facebook page posted what to do in that very dangerous situation.



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calendar   Tuesday - December 31, 2013

a case of one doctor who clearly did not know best

Don’t know what to say.  Or how. Oh yes I do.  If he were an enemy of the public, like for example,

A White doctor ....... ?

This caught my eye recently ... it must catch yours as well.

No surprise though.  In the bizarre world we live in today, this might be accepted as par for the course.

Seems to me he should never be allowed near a patient again. Ever. The fact that he was not fired, makes me wonder if there is more to this story.

The hosp. trust will consider?  Consider his “ongoing employment and training.”

Take a look.

Foreign doctor attacked female patient who disagreed with diagnosis: GP given six month conditional discharge

Dr Abiodun Bale grabbed patient as she tried to leave

They argued over treatment for a facial condition

He denied assault but was found guilty after two-day trial

By Liz Hull

A foreign doctor attacked a female patient in his surgery when she disagreed with his diagnosis.


Dr Abiodun Bale, 42, grabbed Sheena Cunningham as she tried to leave his consultation room in tears after they argued over treatment for a facial condition.

The doctor from Nigeria denied assault when he appeared in court but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

He was given a six-month conditional discharge but will face a disciplinary hearing at work and could lose his job.

Bale, who qualified as a doctor at the University of Lagos in 1995, worked as a gynaecologist in his home country before coming to Britain and registering with the General Medical Council in 2006.

He was given a licence to practise here in November 2009 and was on a placement, for speciality GP training, at Hyndburn Medical Practice in Accrington, Lancashire, when the assault happened on March 26.

Eddie Harrison, prosecuting, said Bale had asked Mrs Cunningham to come in to the practice after a telephone consultation about a problem with her face, during which she had become distressed.

When she arrived, the doctor told Mrs Cunningham she might need to call for an ambulance if her condition deteriorated later when the surgery was closed.

Mr Harrison told Burnley Magistrates’ Court: ‘She didn’t want to do this and at this point he raised his voice.’

Mrs Cunningham was frightened, got up to leave and said she wanted a second opinion, the court was told. ‘[Bale] became agitated and, as she stepped out, he grabbed her hand to prevent her closing the door,’ Mr Harrison said.

‘He then grabbed her by the forearm with both hands and tried to drag her back into the room. She screamed and shouted at him to get off her arm. This attracted the attention of another doctor and two cleaners. The other doctor told Bale to go back into his office and then escorted Mrs Cunningham out of the surgery.’

The court was told that a week earlier the GP, who lives in Manchester, ‘flipped’ at another patient, shouting at her: ‘For God’s sake, I have other people to see besides you.’ ‘She got up to leave and he tried to grab her hand. She felt frightened and vulnerable,’ said Mr Harrison.

Bale claimed the incident with Mrs Cunningham was a misunderstanding, saying: ‘I’m a doctor, not a thug.’

But Mr Harrison said: ‘There was no mistake or misunderstanding. She was crying so loudly that two ladies outside heard her crying.’

After the allegations, the GMC placed conditions on how Bale worked, including allowing him to carry out consultations only if another qualified medical practitioner was present.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, which employs Bale, said he would face disciplinary proceedings.

‘The trust will now consider the consequences for his ongoing employment and training,’ a spokesman said.



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calendar   Sunday - December 01, 2013

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers

Over some years there has been a lot of publicity with regard to the abuse of children, and the lack of attention by social services.
Oddly, at the very same time, there has been much publicity over social services acting like police and forcibly removing babies from homes where, while no direct proof shown, the fear was that it might be possible that the child ‘might’ be in future danger.

After the very brutal death of Baby P (Google that sad story), critics of the social service were out in numbers calling for arrests and sanctions and sackings, in fact the head of the service was sacked.  So anyway, especially after the case of Baby P and a couple of others, it has seemed as if the service has gone over the top in reaction to the critics and the non stop stories in the media both press and electronic.

Which brings us to this story.

I’ve never heard of this happening before, which does not mean it hasn’t happened. If it did I wasn’t aware of it.  But I do find it pretty shocking that it could be done as it has here in this article.
I almost always have the feeling something is being left out on stories like this one.  Perhaps the service believed that something might happen to the mother if she gave birth naturally.  But it really seems a stretch to take away a baby and give it away even before they know if the mother’s mental condition is temporary or there’s something else afoot. Wow. 

I have posted the entire article here.  The article comes from The Sunday Telegraph. There are lots of things that may get my goat and see the old RCOB, but not much shocks me anymore. But this sure does.  The judge says there could be a risk of relapse, but doesn’t say how great that risk is. I suppose with the home and child’s environment to think about, any risk is seen as too great.  So why is it that so many felons are out walking the streets after short prison terms but the environment the law abiding live in isn’t given more consideration? 

Being a female is no bed of roses.

Child taken from womb by social services

Exclusive: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.

By Colin Freeman

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.

Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.

The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.

The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”.

They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.

Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.

“I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.

“If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”

The case, reported by Christopher Booker in his column in The Sunday Telegraph, raises fresh questions about the extent of social workers’ powers.

It will be raised in Parliament this week by John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP. He chairs the Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign, which wants reform and greater openness in court proceedings involving family matters.

He said: “I have seen a number of cases of abuses of people’s rights in the family courts, but this has to be one of the more extreme.

“It involves the Court of Protection authorising a caesarean section without the person concerned being made aware of what was proposed. I worry about the way these decisions about a person’s mental capacity are being taken without any apparent concern as to the effect on the individual being affected.”

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is an Italian national who come to Britain in July last year to attend a training course with an airline at Stansted Airport in Essex.

She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.

She called the police, who became concerned for her well-being and took her to a hospital, which she then realised was a psychiatric facility.

She has told her lawyers that when she said she wanted to return to her hotel, she was restrained and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Meanwhile, Essex social services obtained a High Court order in August 2012 for the birth “to be enforced by way of caesarean section”, according to legal documents seen by this newspaper.

The woman, who says she was kept in the dark about the proceedings, says that after five weeks in the ward she was forcibly sedated. When she woke up she was told that the child had been delivered by C-section and taken into care.

In February, the mother, who had gone back to Italy, returned to Britain to request the return of her daughter at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Her lawyers say that she had since resumed taking her medication, and that the judge formed a favourable opinion of her. But he ruled that the child should be placed for adoption because of the risk that she might suffer a relapse.

The cause has also been raised before a judge in the High Court in Rome, which has questioned why British care proceedings had been applied to the child of an Italian citizen “habitually resident” in Italy. The Italian judge accepted, though, that the British courts had jurisdiction over the woman, who was deemed to have had no “capacity” to instruct lawyers.

Lawyers for the woman are demanding to know why Essex social services appear not have contacted next of kin in Italy to consult them on the case.

They are also upset that social workers insisted on placing the child in care in Britain, when there had been an offer from a family friend in America to look after her.

An expert on social care proceedings, who asked not to be named because she was not fully acquainted with the details of the case, described it as “highly unusual”.

She said the council would first have to find “that she was basically unfit to make any decision herself” and then shown there was an acute risk to the mother if a natural birth was attempted.

An Essex county council spokesman said the local authority would not comment on ongoing cases involving vulnerable people and children.


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calendar   Saturday - November 23, 2013

deadly doctor beats the rap. again. on his way to the USA to work there. god is witholding blessings

There are more than you might know, referred to as Dr.Death on this side.  In this particular case and this person, he is it’s reported, heading to the USA.
Not such good news.
I know there are plenty of bad doctors among whites, being incompetent isn’t restricted to any one race or color or nationality.  But there has been an alarming number of foreign born and trained doctors who have caused medial havoc, or in plain English ...  death.  Some who have been allowed to practice do not even speak the language well.

So anyway, what’s new here from my view, is that this doctor will be heading for the USA.

Something tells me his insurance will be sky high, assuming he bothers to get any. Reason I say that is because he has not shown himself to be someone who operates (no pun intended) within the confines of silly things like rules and the law.

Read all about it. 

Doctor Death’ Jayant Patel escapes with fraud conviction and plans return to work in the USA.

A public inquiry found 13 people died as a result of his negligence, but repeated attempts at prosecution failed

By Kathy Marks

Even his colleagues called Jayant Patel “Doctor Death”, and nurses were so alarmed by his conduct that they hid patients from him. But after eight years and three trials which cost A$3.5m (£1.98m), the US surgeon flew out of Australia yesterday convicted only of fraud – and planning to “go back to my work”.

Those words horrified the many Queenslanders who blame alleged surgical blunders by Dr Patel for maiming them or killing their loved ones. A public inquiry investigated 87 deaths to which he was linked, and concluded that 13 people had died as a result of his negligence.


However, repeated attempts to prosecute him failed, and this week the 63-year-old left Brisbane Supreme Court with just a two-year suspended sentence for fraudulently obtaining medical registration and employment. Queensland authorities paid his A$1,400 air fare back to his home state of Oregon.

Concerns were raised about Dr Patel within months of his starting work at Bundaberg Base Hospital, Queensland. The public inquiry heard that he amputated the leg of a diabetic Aboriginal woman, then “forgot about her”. Six days later, she was discovered, semi-comatose and gangrenous.

Dr Patel was also alleged to have carried out heart surgery on a man who was “moaning and screaming” because he was not anaesthetised, and to have operated on a cancer patient despite being told he was too sick for surgery. The patient died on the operating table. Dr Patel failed to detect obvious breast cancers, it was claimed, and repeatedly punctured vital organs during surgery.

Queensland health authorities hired him solely on the basis of a “deceitfully crafted” curriculum vitae. Had they checked his qualifications or references, they would have learnt that his license to practise had been revoked in New York state because of gross negligence, while in Oregon restrictions had been placed on his license. Instead, health officials appointed him director of surgery, and ignored the complaints against him for two years. In 2008, Dr Patel – who had resigned and returned to the US in 2005 – was extradited to Brisbane, where he was found guilty in 2010 of three counts of manslaughter and one of grievous bodily harm.

Two and a half years into a seven-year jail sentence, the verdicts were overturned on appeal, and two retrials failed to secure convictions. Last week, to the dismay of the surgeon’s alleged victims and their relatives, the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Tony Moynihan QC, dropped all but the fraud charges, to which Dr Patel pleaded guilty.

“It’s all over, and what a farce it’s been,” said Beryl Crosby, president of the Bundaberg Hospital Patients Support Group. “There was no justice at the end of it all.” Ms Crosby, who said she had promised patients on their deathbeds that she would fight until the end, described the withdrawal of the remaining manslaughter and grievous bodily harm charges as “devastating”.

The main obstacle for prosecutors was the conflicting medical evidence which led to deadlocked juries and the successful appeal. However, Terry Martin, the judge in the final case, told Dr Patel that he had “put the health and welfare of patients at risk”, and showed “no … genuine remorse”.

Dr Patel portrayed himself as the victim of a miscarriage of justice, saying that the legal saga had been “a long and very difficult journey”. Despite his bold pledge to return to work, it is doubtful that he will ever be employed again as a surgeon. Legal fees have reportedly left him broke.

Toni Hoffman, a senior nurse who “blew the whistle” on Dr Patel, said he appeared still not to “understand or accept the gravity of what’s happened”.

She said one man died of internal bleeding after the surgeon stabbed him 50 times with a large needle in an effort to drain fluid from a sac around his heart.

“We were seeing these patients dying every day and we couldn’t do anything.”



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calendar   Wednesday - October 16, 2013

Abiola Olukemi Apara ….. WTF?  is that a name or a new disease?

Good grief .... is this another sign of National Health or a one off thing?

Abiola Olukemi Apara ?????  Huh? What kinda name is that or is it a disease we need to know about. Sheesh. Gone are the times foreigners with impossible names had the courtesy to Anglicize their names as our grandparents did. And nobody forced them to do it, they just had more brains and consideration for their host country and wanted to fit in.  No such animal as automatic rights.

Sorry but nobody with a name like that should should be hired prior to changing it to Jones or Smith. 
I wonder what her English is like.

Take a look.

Nurse ‘treated NHS colleague like a servant by forcing him to mow her lawn and take her to IKEA’

Abiola Apara allegedly made colleague do her chores and drive her around
Accused of refusing to speak to one worker for more than 4 months
Will appear before Nursing and Midwifery Council

By Anna Edwards

A nurse at an under-fire hospital has been accused of using an NHS staff member like her own personal servant - forcing them to drive her to IKEA and fix her leaking tap.

Abiola Olukemi Apara is accused of forcing a colleague at Basildon Hospital in Essex to mow her lawn, drive her to IKEA for a shopping trip, take her car for an MoT and even install a washing machine at her home.

The clinical support worker was also allegedly asked to install new lights, fix a leaking tap and put sealant around a bath at Apara’s home during a period between September 2004 and January 2007.

On Christmas Day 2005, Apara is even alleged to have instructed the same colleague to call in sick for his afternoon shift at the hospital so he could drive her to London and back.

The guy must be a wimp or an illegal or both.
I can’t imagine one of us, that is a white or black Brit or American, would put up with that treatment.  Assuming it’s all true.
Just defies logic someone would allow it.

And btw ...

This hosp. is under the gun due to: 
Read on.

A handful of other charges include inappropriately ignoring colleagues for a number of weeks and shouting at staff.

In one instance, believed to have occurred around July 2005, Apara is accused of ignoring a ward sister for five weeks and only communicating with her through notes left in the staff room.

On another occasion in late 2005, Apara is accused of shouting words to the effect of ‘you office now’ at a ward hostess then ignoring her for more than four months after the incident.

In another instance in March 2004 she is accused of ‘inappropriately asking a staff nurse, to provide a reference for her daughter, whom she had never met and did not know.

She is also accused of shouting at the same staff member in front of a patient she was washing

The misconduct charges are set to be heard when Apara appears in front of a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel in London next month.

Apara has since left Basildon Hospital.

The hospital has made national headlines after being slammed by inspectors for persistently high death rates and has since been paired with London’s Royal Free Hospital in a bid to improve standards.


Give us your tired and poor and incompetent. Oh wait, that’s us (USA) these sad days.  But still not so bad as here. Not yet anyway but then I’ve been away so long, how would I know?
I do know this and not saying that the ppl I personally spoke to (tried to that is) were bad folks. They tried to be helpful but every so often I had a hard time making out what they were trying to say. Wasn’t so bad that in the end I was lost.  I did finally understand. But it made me miss home and the desert all the more.

Good grief .... have to see to a leaky roof. Oh great. Got numbers and called and get no phone back. Hard to find someone who isn;t a traveller repair which means ur screwed. Sorry, off topic. 


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calendar   Thursday - September 05, 2013

unplanned demolition derby on a bridge. Drew should love this.

100 car pile up, 200 injured this morning.

Reminds me of an olde song.

A foggy day in London town. 

Tons of photos and video. Take a look at this mess.  And they were stranded all day.

I guess cell phones really prove their worth in these situations as would tablets and Kindle.

Yikes, 30 degrees c.  I think (?) that’s about 90 degrees in real temp. terms. I HATE centigrade. 30 tells me beans but hey, 90? Now that I can relate to.

Stranded on the road to nowhere for EIGHT hours: Chaos in Kent as 200 are injured in 100-vehicle pile-up on the Sheppey bridge

‘Carnage’ on new Sheppey crossing bridge on A249 in Kent at 7.15am saw cars and lorries crash into each other
Eight people seriously injured and another 200 with minor injuries - but no fatalities after incident this morning
Scene was full of buckled cars, lorries and car transporter amid reports some motorists were driving ‘like idiots’
Stranded motorists forced to sit on Tarmac of closed road for up to eight hours in 30C heat but left area by 3pm
Local Conservative MP reveals he had concerns about design of bridge’s lighting and will talk to the authorities
AA chief says crash may have been caused by ‘stupid driving’ - specifically tailgating and not using fog lights
Police say it’s ‘truly miraculous’ that no one was killed in today’s pile-up, which saw 33 people taken to hospital
Lives probably saved after lorry driver uses truck to block bridge entrance and stop more cars piling into crash
Drivers may have been caught out by irregular nature of fog patches in South East this morning, forecasters say
Institute of Advanced Motorists: ‘Biggest single fog accident’ in British history - and it’s ‘amazing’ nobody died

By Mark Duell




zillion more pix and video here at the source


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calendar   Thursday - December 06, 2012

america the awful?  and all these stories happened where exactly?

A few nights ago while listening to a radio panel on the subject of the welfare state, which included health care, is was no surprise to hear someone bring up America as an example.  To be avoided!  Every time they need an example of what to avoid they bring the US into the conversation. In this case, I was outraged to hear but not surprised, that our healthcare in America is the pits and probably the worst among the so called leading or advanced nations of the world.

Okay, lets admit shall we that our system of care in the USA is very far from perfect.
I have personally been witness to or else been involved in things so I darn well know we are not perfect.  So who is?  I also believe that some in the medical field along with ins companies, are the modern day robber barons.  So okay, I recognize we could stand improvement.

Anyway, what got my goat in particular was this one loon who gave as a valid example of how abused and ignored we are back home, the awful story without source btw as follows. On this he indicts an entire health care system?

Some poor fellow couldn’t see a dentist and as a result died.
OF A BROKEN TOOTH!  He was outraged on behalf of oppressed Americans I think.  And of course one of the other guys said, Oh no of course not.
We do not want the system America has. 

Well fine but what these idiots do have, thanks to their membership in the EU, is this.  And bmews readers will agree this is much better. Right?
Groan. Take a look. And they say we are bad? 

Speed up English tests for EU doctors, say MPs who accuse Government of making ‘no substantive progress’

· Doctors from European countries are free to work without language checks
· Due to a diktat from Brussels saying tests would impede movement of labour
· 23,000 doctors from Europe are registered to work in Britain despite never undergoing checks on their English or medical skills

By Sophie Borland

Ministers are not doing enough to make sure foreign doctors can speak good English, MPs warn.
They accuse the Government of making ‘no substantive progress’ on overturning strict European Union rules that forbid language tests.
At present, all GPs and hospital doctors from European countries are free to work in Britain without facing any form of national checks on their competence or English-speaking ability.
This is because of a diktat handed down from Brussels which states that such tests would impede the ‘freedom of movement of labour’ across the continent.
But there are widespread concerns that this is costing patients’ lives.
In 2008 70-year-old patient David Gray was killed by an incompetent German GP Daniel Ubani who gave him 20 times the legal dose of morphine.
The German doctor – who was on his first out-of-hours shift – had not had to prove his competence or ability with English before being employed by the NHS trust, Cambridgeshire. Now MPs from the Health Select Committee say they are ‘disappointed’ that the Government has not tried to change the law.
Officials from the Department of Health have insisted they are working with the EU to alter the legislation so checks can be made.
But a report by the committee warns that the current situation is ‘unsatisfactory’ and ‘poses a potential risk to patients’.

Damn straight. This is a far better system than what is in place in the medically backward America.  Everyone can agree on that. Right? 
And then there is this bit of brilliant medical work. Now mind you, I am not suggesting that this could never happen in the USA.  But that isn’t the point. These guys were so busy painting us black they seemed to forget things like this.

Abuse of elderly patients by NHS staff rises by a third in one year with a shocking 36,000 offences reported last year alone

By Sophie Borland
Thousands of elderly and vulnerable patients are being abused by carers and NHS staff, shocking figures reveal.
Some 36,600 offences were reported last year, mainly involving neglect, physical violence or bullying.
And the number of cases has risen by a third in the last 12 months, according to NHS Information Centre statistics.
This could partly be due to heightened awareness among family members and staff in the wake of recent scandals, such as that of the Winterbourne View care home.
But only this week the Health Secretary admitted that ‘cruelty’ had become ‘normal’ in some health and social care organisations.

Well heck that is small stuff. How many have actually died. Now I am skating on thin ice here because I have not even looked for figures in the USA. But given our size and population the number has to be high as well.

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed

· Experts warn that mistakes on the ward will increase because already overstretched staff will be unable to cope with higher numbers of patients
· Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there may still be ‘pockets’ of poor care like that revealed in Mid Staffordshire in 2008

By Sophie Borland
Nearly 3,000 patients are dying a year because of needless hospital blunders, figures reveal.
Another 7,500 are severely harmed after being wrongly diagnosed, given incorrect drugs or poorly cared for.
Experts warn that such mistakes will increase because already overstretched staff will be unable to cope with the higher numbers of patients coming into hospitals.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there may still be ‘pockets’ of poor care like that revealed in Mid Staffordshire in 2008, where hundreds of patients died needlessly.
Figures obtained by Panorama in a BBC documentary to be aired tonight show that in 2011/12, a total of 2,864 patients died following mistakes by hospital staff.
This is up almost 5 per cent compared to the previous year when there were 2,726 deaths.
Errors include elderly patients being misdiagnosed with cancer when they had heart failure, and being given pointless treatment while they deteriorated.
In other cases nurses or midwives failed to notice chest infections in newborn babies which could have been cured with antibiotics.

Ok enough of all that. All you have to do is follow the link for Borland at the Mail and there’s a nightmare collection of stories.
No wait a minute. That is not enough. This is though. Maybe. No promises.
Our critics like to tell tales of how those poor Americans can not get help and so are abandoned by a broken or care-less system of health. Oh yeah?
Explain this one away ass-wipe. Did this happen in the USA recently? Oh, it was here you say?

How could our girl die of asthma attack in hospital? Damning report reveals failings in NHS care of patients ‘treated worse than animals’

· The Patients Association report discloses how some doctors are ‘acting like God’ by telling relatives they will not try and resuscitate their loved ones
· Other distraught family members have spoken of lack of compassion amongst staff who don’t care if patients ‘lived or die’

By Sophie Borland
Nurses who didn’t know how to give the kiss of life went into a panic when a child was admitted to hospital with a severe asthma attack.

Her family described scenes of hysteria as staff who were meant to be helping their daughter desperately tried to call senior medics to ask them what to do.
Three days later, 15-year-old Lauren Hughes died having suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.

The appalling case was revealed by her parents today in a damning report by the Patients Association into failings in NHS care.

Pat and Dolly Hughes said one nurse became so distraught at the Ross-on-Wye community hospital she had to be calmed down by a colleague.
They said they couldn’t understand how a healthy teenager was able to die of an asthma attack while in hospital.

The hospital trust later admitted the nurses at its minor injuries unit weren’t trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and should have dialled 999.

Lauren had been taken to the unit by her mother when she started to suffer an asthma attack.
Initially they couldn’t even get into the hospital as the door had been locked for the evening.

Lauren – who was in obvious distress – was also ignored by two paramedics walking out of the hospital who did not stop to help or even let her in.

She was eventually transferred to University Hospital North Staffordshire but died three days after the initial attack in May.

Okay this is I now promise the very last one. It’s from last year but so what.
It happened here, not in the awful USA where a guy can die cos he didn’t see a dentist.

Teenager, 14, is paralyzed for life after hospital left spinal anesthetic in for too long

By Sophie Borland

A teenage girl has been left paralysed for life after an appalling blunder by doctors during a routine operation.
Sophie Tyler, 17, was given an overdose of the painkilling epidural drug after surgery to remove gallstones.
Doctors wrongly left the tube in her back for two days and the large quantities of the drug damaged her spinal cord, leaving her paralysed from the waist down.



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calendar   Thursday - November 22, 2012

sorry, english not spoken here

Some days ago and not for the first time, I mentioned foreign doctors and language problems and the havoc some had caused.
They were working for the NHS and I wondered if were just the nature of a national service that would do that. Can’t recall what else I may have said.
Well, this came up today and it is a hum dinger. This goes way beyond insanity because if the fellow in this story had that much of a problem, then how in the world did they allow it to go on for years?

Take a look at this one. It could make a pretty good sit com. You know, guy working in hosp. setting and confusion over language etc. Might be funny. Except in real life, no so funny.

And speaking of not so funny.  We’ve been getting gale force winds almost all day and now into the night.  Brrrr. Have some very, very large trees close by.

Indian radiographer who could not speak English worked at cancer hospital for SIX YEARS before being sacked after string of complaints

· Ramani Ramaswany was dismissed from The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester
· He has also been suspended from the national radiography register for a year
· The Health and Care Professions Council heard that he showed ‘a lack of competency’ in a number of areas while working at the hospital
By Steve Nolan

The Health and Care Professions Council found that Mr Ramaswamy had showed a ‘lack of competence’ in a number of areas while working at The Christie.
The panel heard that patients and staff had difficulty understanding him, with his command of English said to be getting worse by managers at the hospital despite extra English lessons after taking a job there.

He was also slammed for failing to demonstrate competent handling of equipment and setting up a bed so badly that a supervisor had to step in to stop a patient getting injured.

Mr Ramaswarmy had asked a patient to confirm their name four times before a colleague was forced to intervene because neither the patient nor the member of staff could understand what he was saying.

The radiographer, who lives in Moss Side, also failed to consistently ask patients to empty their bladders before procedures were carried out.
A senior colleague described his practice as being ‘a bit of a hit or a miss’ and he often read out numbers incorrectly.

Because of concerns over his communication skills, he was at first restricted to a role where he had no contact with patients.
He was moved on to the treatment floor in September 2009 for a three-month trial but this proved unsuccessful.



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