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by MikeyB
Sat May 07, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: Vaping- a quandary
Replies: 2
Views: 2293

Vaping- a quandary

I'm in an interesting quandary currently. In addition to CP I have ulcerative colitis, which in my case is recurrent rather than constant. It is known that in folk with recurrent colitis, flare-ups are commoner in those who give up smoking. That happens in my case, and seems to be associated with ni...
by MikeyB
Fri May 06, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: Slimming pills - madness
Replies: 37
Views: 8588

Re: Slimming pills - madness

In my own experience the best way to lose weight is full blown ulcerative colitis- when I got back to work everyone said how trim I looked. :D I'm told that amoebic dysentery and cholera work just as well, with the marginal disadvantage of being potentially fatal. :wink:
by MikeyB
Thu May 05, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: Slimming pills - madness
Replies: 37
Views: 8588

Slimming pills - madness

I don't know if any of you have spotted the TV ads for XLS Medical diet pills, but because I am suspicious ( and not fat!) I had a look at their website. Do you know how this stuff works? I will quote from their website: "Clavutanol blocks some of the digestive enzymes including alpha amylase, alpha...
by MikeyB
Thu May 05, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: Toxic Cloud
Replies: 56
Views: 10682

Re: Toxic Cloud

Brilliant idea Stu - though the authorities just might catch on with a couple of hundred people living in a two bedroom cottage... :lol: :lol:
by MikeyB
Thu May 05, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: If I were a Buddhist...
Replies: 10
Views: 2684

If I were a Buddhist...

Sometimes you wonder is someone has got it in for you. In 1996 I developed Type 1 diabetes, 1997 developed ulcerative colitis, 2000 sudden worsening of asthma, 2014 sudden onset of motor neuropathy mainly affecting the legs, and now so bad that I have to use a wheelchair to get down to the local sho...
by MikeyB
Thu May 05, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: Toxic Cloud
Replies: 56
Views: 10682

Re: Toxic Cloud

Cleaner air in Scotland Paul?

In a couple of weeks here in the highlands the midges will emerge from their underground lairs to torment tourists in clouds of nasty biting vindictiveness. :shock:

But don't let that put you off.... :lol:
by MikeyB
Tue May 03, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: NHS doctors strike
Replies: 32
Views: 7527

Re: NHS doctors strike

Just to annoy you Stuart, doctors (GPs) get extra payments for working out here in bandit country. Mind you, to get to see my specialist, I travel 17 miles to the ferry port, 50 minutes on the ferry, then 90 or so miles to the hospital in Glasgow. The patients work harder than the doctors!
by MikeyB
Tue May 03, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: NHS doctors strike
Replies: 32
Views: 7527

Re: NHS doctors strike

The problem isn't working antisocial hours. Hospital junior doctors have always worked weekends and nights, public holidays and Christmas Day. One of Mr Hunt's changes in the new contract was the change in the definition of antisocial hours in relation to enhanced payment. The old contract used 12 m...
by MikeyB
Mon May 02, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: NHS doctors strike
Replies: 32
Views: 7527

Re: NHS doctors strike

I can well understand your frustration Stuart. I can only repeat something I mentioned earlier. In Scotland and Wales doctors have been contracted with no complaint from the BMA. Why is this. What is different in NHS England? The most obvious difference is Jeremy Hunt, who is far from a natural cham...
by MikeyB
Sun May 01, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: NHS doctors strike
Replies: 32
Views: 7527

Re: NHS doctors strike

The sticking point ( or as the bma put it, the "red line") is the contracted hours on standard pay. Until now, work was paid at standard rate up to 12.00 midday Saturday. The new contract amends this to 7.00pm. In other words, that is the standard contracted working week. Very few junior doctors wor...
by MikeyB
Sun May 01, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: NHS doctors strike
Replies: 32
Views: 7527

Re: NHS doctors strike

Hi Stuart The 7 day NHS already exists, at least as far as hospital doctors go, and it always has. Same with nurses. The problem with the concept is not the problem with doctors, it is the army of support -the radiologists, haematologists, pathologists and so forth where the service at weekends is o...
by MikeyB
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat and Banter
Topic: NHS doctors strike
Replies: 32
Views: 7527

Re: NHS doctors strike

I live in Scotland, where NHS Scotland has organised contracts for doctors without any complaint. The same applies in Wales. So why is England different? The answer is Jeremy Hunt, who some while back co-wrote a book discussing privatisation of the NHS. This is the underlying idea of everything that...