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This doctor should at the minimum be forced to pay the lady a large amount of money, as any other professional in NZ does if they screw up.I've heard enough instances of stupid doctoring from friends and relatives to think the NZ medical system is going down the toilet because crappy doctors aren't held to account and the better ones bugger off overseas.
Most of them might also be too tired to be able to think straight some of the time. When my youngest broke his arm, the doctor had trouble remembering his age, sex, name. Did focus very well on the break, though. And we had a great result - arm back to normal now.
There will always be rare and unusual errors be it nurses or doctors, we are all human after all. But make no mistake, this is the first step towards a two tier health system. The government funded one will be largely run by nurses (nurse GPs, nurse surgeons, nurse endoscopists....) the private for those who can afford it will be run by medical professionals. So ask yourself, when you've got a filthy appendicitis, what training do you want the person holding the scalpel to have had?
Al,agreed entirely.Andy, I have private medical insurance so does my wife to be. I have every confidence the right person will be available for us.
Like Lucyna, I'd be interested to know what kind of shift he was coming off. The type of person to be a Doctor is the type of person to push themselves when the Government run admin say "but there is no-one else".They'd do themselves a lot of good if they simply said "then sort the staffing problem, I'm getting some kip".The issue would soon be front page news (instead of "Dr emails friend a rude pic")I also think, like AL, that more personal responsibility has to figure in people's actions (actually, consequences). Whether it is an incompetent Dr, or a militant CFS worker, or a vicious IRD collector, they cannot hide behind the organisation, providing the "human error" element is taken into account.
I was a little horrified when I went into Auckland Hospitals emergency ward once. The doctor on duty was a very young lady with a smartarse attitude. She must have been straight out of med school, maybe 25 years old max, if 24. Would you put a 25yr old in charge of fixing a building without close supervision from a more experienced engineer? I don't think so. The medical council has had too much power for far too long.
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