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EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 12:13

Hospital managers, are a very easy, and popular target.

I had the pleasure of working with many excellent managers over my career, and I am pleased to say, departments still have Matrons, many of whom, have put me firmly in my place over the years.

Many years ago, as quite a junior doctor, I was expected to turn up on the ward at 7 am., on the weekend. Matron gave me a list of chores to be done. If I finished all the chores, in the right order, and, to her satisfaction, she would cook me breakfast.

In those days, the ladies who cleaned the doctors accommodation, used to knock on my door, at about 6 am, ask whether you wanted a cuppa, and depending on what they could hear through the door, might say, ah, two cups this morning doctor! 

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Posted: 21/05/2016 at 11:40

Fantastic news on the weight loss, Hosta. Now I know where my extra 2.5 stones came from!

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:38

Chicky, I think it is an attitude problem, of previous governments of all persuasions.

It has always been much cheaper, to employ doctors and nurses from abroad.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:27

The NHS is one area where I am actually qualified to talk about, rather than just have an opinion on.

I ran a large department, in a hospital, for over 10 years. For most of that time, I had to recruit nurses, and some doctors from Europe. The UK has not produced enough doctors and nurses, over my entire career.

If we leave the EU, that avenue will be closed, and we will not be able to staff the NHS.

There is no desire for any UK government to train adequate numbers of staff. Even if this changed , we would need new medical schools, and it takes at least 15 years to train a consultant from scratch.

The Intensive Care Unit I worked on, had 2 European consultants, out of the 15 of us.

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Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:16

Morning all.

Wet and windy here.

Need some help please, OH has taken Tuesday off work for my B/day, and has come up with a list of things I might like to do.

1. Old Moor RSPB reserve.

2. Trentham gardens [ I have never been ]

3. Chester zoo.

4. Yorkshire wild life park.

Which should I choose.

Potting on in the greenhouse for me today.

Have a good one.

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 15:26


Less politics, more filth.

Lupins i a south facing circle in the middle of my garden.

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 13:34

If it is very windy, Lupins are likely to be blown over.

Plant id

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 13:06

Looks like a Canna to me.

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 13:05

Gorgeous trees. Flowers, berries, and lovely autumn colour.

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 09:50

Hosta, I have seen some marvellous results from hypnosis, for many different problems, so I am sure it will help.

Verdun, seeing as you have blocked me as well, I am not sure whether someone will pass it on to you. Any way, I just wanted to say, surely blocking 2 people in a week, is a rather drastic course of action. Perhaps if you stayed away from threads, which cause you to take this action, we could all carry on having fun.

I do not mean you any harm.

Just collected about 50 snails from an ivy covered dry stone wall, they have been neutralised.

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