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Protected: University College Hospital: Professor X, Professor of Whitewash.

October 30th, 2007 Enter your password to view comments.

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Protected: University College Hospital: A Pain In The Neck.

October 23rd, 2007 Enter your password to view comments.

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University College London Hospitals Trust Chairman: Peter Dixon – A Challenge: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

October 21st, 2007 No comments

A very nicely branded University College London Hospitals Annual Review of 2006/7 was today left open on my bed by one of the nursing staff I presume. I think the nursing staff are becoming aware that something very odd is going on.

After all I will have been an inpatient here for eight weeks on Tuesday, my health is failing fast, there has been a failure to undertake appropriate tests and a repetition of pointless ones. Doctors have refused to see me – though the consultant I am under admits it is not me that is at fault here but the cock-ups that have happened elsewhere and are being used as an excuse to deny me the care I need. Tests which would have proven useful have been denied on spurious grounds.

Reports are missing from my file and I have been asking for them for three weeks. The hospital sat on my old scans for five weeks before loading them into their PACS system. They then sent back my EBT scans saying the images could not be read. Which was odd because when I shoved the disk in my laptop it fired up and read every image without fail. And when I showed the 3D renditions of my cervical spine to a Neurologist last week he said that needed further clarification before running out the door backwards saying he could no longer support me staying in hospital as the hospital is “not helping” me – the one point we agreed on.

The Annual Review was left open on my bed on the page “Our commitment to you”. On that page was a highlighted statement from Peter Dixon the Trust Chairman – who has been in receipt of a “stongly worded” fax from my MP for the last six weeks of my “hotelisation” here.

That statement reads:

“It’s a matter of treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves. It may sound easy, but making it happen is going to require attention to detail and routinely going that extra mile.” – Trust Chairman, Peter Dixon.

It’s time to pay attention to detail, go the extra mile and stop trying to look like you are doing your best and do your best, Mr Dixon. That is my challenge to you. There is no excuse for my human right to health to be stamped on, whomever may be pushing you to do so. Far from treating me as you would wish to be treated yourself the overall treatment I have received here is worse than you would allow for your dog. It’s shape up time.

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Protected: University College Hospital: Can’t Help or Won’t Help? – Does It Matter?

October 19th, 2007 Comments off

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www.vipassanaforum.net Makes A Good Start

October 9th, 2007 No comments

The meditators forum I recently launched, http://www.vipassanaforum.net/ with a good spiritual friend from America called Joe and inspired by another good spiritual friend from Sweden called Anders is making a good start.

We want a sane space in which as meditators we can delve into the issues we meet on the path and find others who can shine a light for us. We want a slowly growing Sangha which is happening already.

Five days after launch we have 20 members and today hit our 100th collective post. We have asked and answered questions from the need for retreats to being a meditator who smokes and how meditation affects sleep.

We have started building our library and resources collection with links to online meeditation texts, audio Dhamma talks and embedded youtube videos of teachings and meditation instruction.

We’re not even listed on google yet and did not exist at all one week ago yet in the last two days we have enjoyed visits from in excess of 100 individuals each day and growing. Today 27 of the 139 visitors were repeat visits and visitors loaded an average of 4 pages each when removing the site staff activities from the log which is not bad going for a new forum with relatively little content right now.

My appologies for being busy “over there” … I promise I will return here soon and write something really interesting or funny or clever.

No I can’t promise that … not everything I write meets one of those criteria. But I will write something substantial here soon.

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