Preserve me from meddling doctors…

I have been taking Diltiazem for more years than I can remember. Its function is to relax the smooth muscle of the heart and blood vessels, and it’s used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), angina, and certain heart rhythm disorders (all of which I have). It also has the same beneficial effect on the smooth muscle of the lungs and pulmonary circulation, making it very useful in treating COPD.

My GP has Continue reading

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Patients to be badgered into exercising by GPs…

NICE is apparently going to force GPs to press their patients to undertake physical activity. That will not be well received by this spoonie.

When I was well (i.e., prior to 1986, my last good year**), every holiday was spent backpacking (a sport which has nothing in common with gap-year oiks), as were many weekends, and when I wasn’t doing that I was out every available  Sunday with the Ramblers. I also, more often than not, walked to work and back – I covered almost Continue reading

A post for Blogging Against Disablism Day 2011…

I did promise something new for today, but events have conspired to make that impossible – feeling too shitty, and too much to do on an already almost spoonless day (#spoonies).

However, this is a subject I’ve been writing about for quite some time, so I thought I could do worse than to recycle one of my posts from last year – it’s better than nothing, anyway. And, in light of the events of the past few days, worryingly apposite in parts:- Continue reading

Who cares about patients?

As  sort of follow-up to my earlier post, Pulse magazine, this morning, says:-

“Making GPs work longer and pay more for their pensions is one step too far from the health secretary.”

That is, making them work until 65, instead of 60. Hmm . . .

(I’ll ignore the fact that it should be “…by the health secretary.”)

It does rather make me wonder – and I know that Pulse is a magazine aimed at GPs, not patients – why none of Lansley’s measures aimed at fucking with the lives of patients has attracted the slightest ire.

Or could it be – and I ask this in all seriousness Continue reading

Chronically sick and disabled? The purge continues…

Benefits and Work is banging on about the government checking up on the spending habits of benefit claimants. I don’t see how.

People like me, who, for example, bought wide-screen TVs while on IB (in my case with my overdraft!), will be in the records (you buy a TV, the store has to report it to the TV licensing people), but I really don’t see what else they can know about.

And if information about the spending habits of the public is recorded in detail, by Continue reading