According to the retards at the Daily Mail, family doctors are dishing out pills like sweets.
Ha! I wish they were, especially when it comes to antibiotics…
For years it’s been impossible to get antibiotics to treat my purulent COPD flare-ups without a sputum test (though taste and – for a subjective test – smell make it obvious enough). Yes, I know it’s gross – try living with it!
The inevitable delay – usually 3-4 days, never the so far entirely theoretical 24 hours – means the infection gets worse. The inadequate prescribing of antibiotics – the result of NICE-induced paranoia – compounds that, and the result is that I am ill for weeks.
That’s is why I import my own antibiotics, the result being that I can knock down a COPD flare-up in 3-4 days, by tackling it early and without delay.
The per diem cost is minimal to me, even at retail prices** – it would cost the NHS even less if doctors could act more promptly and prescribe effectively. NICE – as I mentioned here has plans to cut antibiotic courses by half, but that will only work if there is a mechanism in place for rapid response by GPs. As things are now, by the time an infection is detectable by a GP, and time is wasted pissing about with sputum tests, a 3 or 4 day half-course won’t work.
**Though having to stump up over £50 from benefits is a pain (the cost, plus VAT plus the Post Office’s rip-off £8 fee for collecting the VAT – the actual cost of which, to the PO, is probably as close to zero as makes no difference). And no other business is allowed to charge for collecting VAT, so why should the Post Office?