Thanks to my friend and colleague for taking the time to write such a brilliant post - Lynnette is now ( officially ) my 'partner in crime' in keeping our blog going. I know I'm early 'posting', but my news couldn't wait !
By stealth ( again ) the Uiversally Inept Health Board have altered the hospital referral system. Now, all Vale patents who are referred to hospital by their G.P. HAVE to ring Barry Hospital in order to get an appointment at one of three hospitals. This brilliant move emasculates the GPs and puts the important referral to some helpless ( and overworked ) administrator. NOW, the GP gives you a telephone number for YOU to ring in order to get your much-needed hospital appointment. Presumably, this will be known (henceforth) as 'Triage by Telephone' , enacted by some poor minion, not qualified for the task. Needless to say , this will add time on the poor patient's wait for the hospital appointment, but who cares ? Certainly not the UIHB, who place the care of the patient as their absolute last priority. The old joke used to go like this, "What is the lowest form of life in a hospital ?" Answer - "the Medical Student." Now it's "The Patient" who, supposedly, is the very reason for the existence of the NHS, who is at the bottom of the heap, just below cleaning out the seagulls. So, there you have it - if you want fast treatment from the NHS - become of seagull ! .
I can't cope with such stupidity, so I'll let Llinos have the next word. R.W.