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Forum: Advice 19-08-2015, 20:43
Replies: 45
Views: 4,025
Posted By MarellaK
I'm amazed that we can all interpret posts so...

I'm amazed that we can all interpret posts so differently.

I read the OP and was horrified at the passage describing the 20 minute parking in a forest against the girl's express wishes. I would have...
Forum: General Discussion 17-08-2015, 22:18
Replies: 207
Views: 11,301
Posted By MarellaK
That's what keeps me close to London - being near...

That's what keeps me close to London - being near to so many of my family and friends and I like being within easy travelling distance to London, not just for work but for shopping, art galleries,...
Forum: Politics 10-08-2015, 15:15
Replies: 108
Views: 3,391
Posted By MarellaK
Many people living and working in the UK, paying...

Many people living and working in the UK, paying taxes etc, do not have a UK passport. My brothers opted for Irish passports (I have both) and one of my brothers is (currently) an NHS consultant...
Forum: Politics 09-08-2015, 09:10
Replies: 97
Views: 3,123
Posted By MarellaK
You won't clear it up once and for all. Some of...

You won't clear it up once and for all.

Some of the more extreme Irish nationalists here will never accept the purely 'geographical' term 'British Isles' despite all the evidence submitted. They...
Forum: Politics 06-08-2015, 17:51
Replies: 156
Views: 4,632
Posted By MarellaK
I'm a nurse and haven't been asked about paying...

I'm a nurse and haven't been asked about paying my union fees through payroll since my student nurse days back in the 1980s. I've had many NHS employers. I've always paid by direct debit, as do my...
Forum: Politics 02-08-2015, 07:18
Replies: 97
Views: 3,123
Posted By MarellaK
You come across as rather obsessed with the...

You come across as rather obsessed with the relationship between Britain and Ireland. I've lived in Britain all my adult life (educated in Ireland) but most British people I know don't spend any time...
Forum: Politics 25-07-2015, 22:30
Replies: 129
Views: 4,429
Posted By MarellaK
Perhaps you should read my reply and stop...

Perhaps you should read my reply and stop inferring that I am saying something that I am not. Indeed, people can post what they like - whether other people are much interested in the subject matter...
Forum: Politics 25-07-2015, 22:08
Replies: 129
Views: 4,429
Posted By MarellaK
Where did I say that? If you read my posts then...

Where did I say that?

If you read my posts then you would see that I am merely defending the lack of interest this subject has for many British posters. It inspires more passion in the Irish posters...
Forum: Politics 25-07-2015, 21:08
Replies: 129
Views: 4,429
Posted By MarellaK
British politics and Northern Ireland politics...

British politics and Northern Ireland politics are separate entities. Most British people have little knowledge of the NI political scene. The major UK parties are not represented in NI.

As an Irish...
Forum: Politics 25-07-2015, 20:24
Replies: 129
Views: 4,429
Posted By MarellaK
To be fair, this is a British forum but you only...

To be fair, this is a British forum but you only ever seem to post about Ireland and Irish affairs. There are quite a few Irish people here and people with Irish connections (it's always the same few...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 21:27
Replies: 19
Views: 888
Posted By MarellaK
But that's just not true! Anybody admitted as an...

But that's just not true!

Anybody admitted as an emergency over the weekend is most certainly seen by a consultant by the following morning, if not sooner. There is always a consultant post-take...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 19:47
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
I don't understand this post :confused: What do...

I don't understand this post :confused: What do you mean?

The patients I am referring to are being attended to by the resident doctors, eg the SHO and registrar. The consultant may be called in for...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 19:33
Replies: 19
Views: 888
Posted By MarellaK
You do know that doctors and nurses are entitled...

You do know that doctors and nurses are entitled to breaks? (which, incidentally, are unpaid breaks for nurses anyway)

We don't work 12 and a half hours non stop - healthcare staff are just normal...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 18:17
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
Doctors and consultants do work weekends. I have...

Doctors and consultants do work weekends. I have seen consultants called in to hospitals to deal with critically ill patients at 3am and still come back to work at 8am next morning.

The NHS operates...
Forum: Politics 17-07-2015, 18:25
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
Nobody is saying they are:confused: The problem...

Nobody is saying they are:confused:

The problem is removing more doctors from week days which really are incredibly busy - a lot busier than weekends! And it won't really make much of a difference...
Forum: Politics 17-07-2015, 14:47
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
Yes indeed, I can see that now I've read through...

Yes indeed, I can see that now I've read through all the posts.

I'm pleased that other people can see the flaws with the government's proposals. Their bullying tactics may win the day, at least in...
Forum: Politics 17-07-2015, 11:42
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
This is not a new issue although the government...

This is not a new issue although the government is bringing it to public attention now. It's been discussed by the RCP and RCN and within the NHS for as long as I can remember - but there is NO MONEY...
Forum: Politics 17-07-2015, 11:36
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
But we currently can't cope with our weekday...

But we currently can't cope with our weekday workload?

We are always in crisis with long A&E trolley waits and trying to tackle the long waiting lists. My trust is not the worse performing by any...
Forum: Politics 17-07-2015, 11:22
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
Most ancillary services are not available at...

Most ancillary services are not available at weekends and they certainly do make a huge difference to patients' outcomes. Eg

- No routine phlebotomy so only bloods considered ''urgent'' get done (by...
Forum: Politics 17-07-2015, 07:36
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
It would be wonderful if there was a fully...

It would be wonderful if there was a fully operational 24/7 service but those of us working on the front line just can't see where the money is coming from?

As for some of the above posts regarding...
Forum: Politics 17-07-2015, 06:59
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
The Labour contracts of 2003 were related to GP...

The Labour contracts of 2003 were related to GP hours, not hospital consultant hours.

I have worked as a senior nurse for many years in London and there has been no change at all in how hospital...
Forum: Politics 16-07-2015, 22:02
Replies: 91
Views: 2,638
Posted By MarellaK
My brother is a consultant in London who still...

My brother is a consultant in London who still works many weekends on call - he's just secured a job in Ireland for an extra 20k pa and better working conditions. Doctors (and nurses) are a valuable...
Forum: General Discussion 29-06-2015, 06:34
Replies: 51
Views: 1,914
Posted By MarellaK
No you can't!! Are you a nurse? In the UK? I...

No you can't!!

Are you a nurse? In the UK?

I can assure you you cannot qualify as a UK registered nurse through an open university scheme. Clinical hours are absolutely essential. Some students...
Forum: General Discussion 28-06-2015, 20:30
Replies: 51
Views: 1,914
Posted By MarellaK
No you can't. Half of the degree course is spent...

No you can't. Half of the degree course is spent in clinical practice. You can't qualify without the requisite clinical hours.
Forum: General Discussion 28-06-2015, 19:16
Replies: 51
Views: 1,914
Posted By MarellaK
Very true. My brother is a doctor and he...

Very true. My brother is a doctor and he certainly didn't get long summer holidays. Nor do nurses get long holidays on their degree course.

The OP needs to understand current medical training a...
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