Do you hear that? That’s the sound of no-one caring.

I read this article in the Daily Mail  where Dr Archard vice chairman of the Royal College of GP’s said;

‘Trusting your instinct is important. Doctors do make mistakes and sometimes you know your body better than anyone else,’ says Dr Graham Archard, vice chairman of the Royal College of GPs. ‘I can remember a patient who was convinced he had bowel cancer, but all the tests came back clear. He wanted a second opinion so we referred him to another consultant for more tests, which showed that he did have cancer.

‘I don’t know if the cancer developed between the first and second appointment or if the first consultant missed it, but the patient’s instincts were right. As a GP I don’t take it personally if someone asks for a second opinion. If any doctor does take offence, they are too full of themselves, and it’s time to stop practising.

‘If you are concerned, first talk to your GP, and allow them to explain how they came to their diagnosis. Sometimes this alone can make you feel better.‘If it doesn’t, ask to see another GP in the practice or to be referred to a specialist. Do not feel anxious about doing this, it is your right on the NHS to have a second opinion – and no good doctor would stand in your way.’

I sent them an email

I am a qualified NHS Dentist and my GP misdiagnosed I was a high risk suicide in 1998 and instantly destroyed my life and career and has refused to answer my complaint professionally. The GMC say they see NO REASON to investigate as it would not be in the public interest. I was removed from the Dental Register, without my knowledge on June 11th 1998 and retired on the same day But even that was not undertaken with care. gives the long and sad story. My blog describes the hell I am forced to endure as his “diagnosis ” is reinforced EVERYTIME I see a Doctor, apart from one.I do not apologise for the language in my blog but I am desperately sad that some words have to be used to convey my anger.

The Doctor, Dr <—–>, (called Dr A on my Website) The Medical Director of <—-> the Local Health Board has consistently refused to answer ANY of my questions as to the reason for the misdiagnosis BUT has been found “exemplary” by the Welsh NHS and the Complaint System. The Welsh Health Minister refuses to acknowledge my complaint. The complaint service in Wales say also that I have NO DIAGNOSIS of ANY illness and yet the treatment for this un-diagnosed illness was exemplary.

Please read his Medical Opinion and the attached Compliment slip. I received BY POST a week, 3 working days BEFORE I WAS SECTIONED. He never once told me face to face of his Medical Opinion which shows the completely callous way he treated such a serious diagnosis and highlights his total disregard for his Terms of Service as A NHS General Practitioner and his complete disregard for the “Guidelines for Good Practice, as detailed on the GMC website. As I have previously said he is now Medical Director of <—-> the Local  Health Board, and has held previous posts of Chairman of the BMA Wales, GP committee Wales and the Welsh Medical Committee and I say he has corruptly used his knowledge of the NHS complaint system to avoid being truthful and honest in his response.

Please can you assist me to close the 40 years of my life I have spent, since entering University College London in 1967 to read Dentistry. ALL I have to remind me of those years is a £68,0000 debt and the word MENTAL PATIENT emblazoned on the front of my electronic Medical Notes.I have at least 2 “diagnoses” from psychiatrists that say “I have no discernible Mental  Health component and I am depressed.” But when I asked Dr K for reassurances about a misdiagnosed serious heart condition she screamed at me that I should move on and promptly sent me to the Local Mental Health Unit as a “HIGH RISK SUICIDE”

Please can you assist me or point me in a more helpful direction as I do not wish to live as I am forced to do now.

And received this reply

From: Hon. Sec  To:

Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:31 PM Subject: Medical Misdiagnosis

Dear Mr James

Thank you for your email to the ISS Department of the 28th October.  We are very sorry to hear of your misfortunes but there is nothing we can do to help.

Yours sincerely  Dr Maureen Baker  Honorary Secretary

From: Isla Rippon Sent: 28 October 2008 14:12
To: Hon. Sec Subject: FW: Medical Misdiagnosis

Dear Maureen,

Please see the email received below. Would you be able to advise us, as to how would be best to respond to this?

Kind Regards,  Isla Rippon

Information Officer, Royal College of General Practitioners

14 Princes Gate. Hyde Park , London SW7 1PU


Interestingly this is the Website of The Royal College of General Practitioners and on this page the following is said:

The word ‘College’ is a little misleading because the RCGP doesn’t have students or lectures in the normal sense of the word. Traditionally, medical organisations concerned with professional studies have been known as ‘colleges’ – hence the use of the word. In practice, the Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of doctors who are committed to improving patient care, developing their own skills and developing general practice. RCGP Membership is currently just over 34,000.

SO I received the response from an HONORARY, ( conferred or elected in recognition of achievement or service without the usual prerequisites or obligations) Secretary, holding a degree Doctor, ( which implies a higher degree but is in common, traditional, use with the meaning “physician or healer)  and working for a college that does not really exist

with the addendum

Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and not necessarily those of The Royal College of General Practitioners.

It would have been more truthful I feel for her to have said: I’m too busy, can I ignore you some other time?

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4 Responses to “Do you hear that? That’s the sound of no-one caring.”

  1. themaddentist Says:

    YAY 2 people care. I thank you both shame about the NHS

  2. Anonymous HUMAN! Says:

    I care too.
    You know, Mandy, I think your care and mine and loads of other people’s care DOES add up…I think it proves we are human beings.

    Whereas they are…what? Automatons? Power and control freaks who feel they can do what they hell they like to vulnerable people…? Certainly, they’re not human.

    Hear that Madam Dr Maureen Baker, your Highness? You are NOT a human being. So therefore you don’t matter.

    Calum Carr has a post today along very much the same lines….gobsmacking to read.

  3. themaddentist Says:

    At least someone cares
    Thanks Mandy

  4. Mandy Says:

    Yep, the sound of it is deafening…as in the sound of no-one caring.

    I care but that doesn’t really add up to much :>)

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