Sunday, 27 March 2016

Brexit

DZ is not going to say where he stands on the issue of the UK remaining in, or leaving, the EU. Already both sides are throwing up spurious and highly speculative arguments to promote their cause and denigrate the opposition. But this one has to take the cake. Of all people Jeremy Hunt warning that the NHS is at risk if Britain leaves.

Mr Hunt. The biggest threat to the NHS...........is you.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

GMC justice again

A last word on the shameful and wrong case where Christian Solomonides was victimised by the GMC, for expressing his opinion. I've already pointed out that the actions of the GMC are contrary to their own policy, and the human rights act. They also contradict the contractual right guaranteed to Mr Solomonides by his employer.

A practitioner shall be free, without prior consent of the employing authority, to publish books, articles, etc, and to deliver any lecture or speak, whether on matters arising out of his or her hospital service or not.”

Paragraph 330, national terms and conditions for senior hospital medical staff.

I'm wondering what legal representation Mr Solomonides had. Whoever it was did a pretty shit job in my view, and almost certainly charged a level of fees that doctors can only dream of.  I'm pretty sure I could have done a better job. If I were Mr Solomonides I'd ask for my money back.


Monday, 21 March 2016

CPR

Now isn't this better than the last BLS session you attended?

Saturday, 19 March 2016

A woman with her head up her arse.

I've not been able to find a picture of Lisa Elisabeth Smith. She it is who found Dr Christian Solomonides guilty of professional misconduct, and suspended him for two months. The sheer wrongness of this verdict can't be overstated. Ms Smith actually did comment on the doctor's right to freedom of speech, before, in the same breath, contradicting herself and depriving the doctor of that very right. I have no doubt that had the victim of this kangaroo court stood up and challenged the GMC in the high court he would have won, but the GMC works by intimidation and fear, designed to break down the victim's will to fight.

Not only is this verdict a breach of the Human Rights act, it is also contradictory to the GMC's own policy.
"In January 1999 the Standards Committee of the GMC met to consider issues involving the behaviour of doctors who comment in the media. It was their view that the GMC should not attempt to curtail doctors' rights to express their personal opinions. Doctors, like anyone else commenting in the media, are subject to the same constraints imposed by media regulatory bodies, and the libel laws. Furthermore, the committee considered that the professionals reputation depends principally on the standards of care and conduct provided by doctors to their patients, and not on personal opinions as put forward in published letters or articles. Whilst you may disagree with the comments Dr Y has made, we cannot take action against a doctor who is expressing a personal opinion".
In it's actions it is clear that the panel were not even aware of the GMC's own policy on the matter. How fucking incompetent can you get?

Dr Solomonides has been victimised for doing something he has every right to do. It is no different from many others' writings, including mine.

I wondered perhaps if Ms Smith is some super legal brain who has based her judgement on some legal point not clear to us lesser mortals. But not so. She has no legal training whatsoever. She was formerly a civil servant at the department of work and pensions. She is manifestly a complete fuckwit, no more fit to judge doctors than my dog. The one four feet under the earth at the bottom of my garden.

It is utterly abominable that the GMC should appoint as chairs of panels people like this, with no legal knowledge, no legal training, no legal expertise. It is a true expression of the contempt with which the GMC views doctors. That we should be judged by people so ignorant, so incompetent, so utterly unsuitable is something we should not have to put up with. Is it too much to ask that those on panels should have some relevant knowledge?



Ms. Smith. If you had a shred of integrity, shame, or insight you would apologise to Dr Solomonides, and resign your position. You are not fit to judge a pet show.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Article 7.

My last two posts highlighted further, probably illegal, action taken against a doctor. Regular visitors here may well be fed up with me banging on about article 10 of the human rights act. Though the actions of the GMC are undoubtedly in breach of this article I'm not going to comment further on that now.

But the GMC are also I think in breach of article 7. "Under this right crimes and penalties can only be prescribed by law." Contrary to what the GMC likes to think, it's not a law to itself. Their counsel Shirley Duckworth, who should know better, has stated. "the postings could cause offence". Well Ms Duckworth, much as I hate to tell you your job, causing offence is NOT illegal. In fact it's pretty much impossible to open your mouth on any matter without offending someone somewhere. Perhaps you should go back to law school. Or listen to this guy.


GMC again

I'm not the only one who's noticed the GMC's latest stunt. See this from Rita


GMC gets it wrong again

I see the GMC is playing it's game of censoring a doctor again. It seems to me that the doctor in question is airing his views, as he has every right to do. Some of his views I think many doctors would agree with. There doesn't seem to be any suggestion that any patients were specifically identified. Some of the offensive comments are worth repeating.

“Ambulance for a broken nail, an earache, period pain, not being able to sleep are all REAL. What’s going on with the people of the UK…”  I think most A & E and ambulance staff would verify that this statement is factually correct.

“I’m sure ADHD is merely a polite term for a child who is just a little shit.” DZ would agree with that one!


“I’m sick of busting balls to ensure that a patient with a broken fingernail (who called an ambulance) is seen within four hours." Seems pretty reasonable to me.

What are the GMC playing at? Their council stated. “He recognised he had overstepped the mark, the postings could cause offence" I know I keep hammering on about this, but he's perfectly entitled to express opinions, even if they do cause offense.

Ooooooooooooh I've just realised I've repeated the Doctor's unacceptable comments. Woe is me. Perhaps the GMC will read my blog and get nasty. Well here's a message for you boys.

                 Fuck off!