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Oh yes you can be too careful

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'Well, whatever it was, you haven't got it anymore' In moments of haste I have said this, patient responses split roughly 50/50 into laughter or criticisms of flippancy. If they didn't need me to get better, they didn't need me at all. Beware of course some things that haven't really got better such as angina or amaurosis fugax, but are just between episodes. We also can't measure the anxiety the patients suffer while ill. Be all this as it may, we can almost never provide instantaneous service, so there's will always be some wait between development of symptoms and their assessment. One solution would be for every citizen in the uk to be doctors, each doctor has one patient, and unless your doctor got ill at the same time as you, you could guarantee to be seen straight away. The pay wouldn't be very good though, and no other jobs would get done, but you'd have your 24/7 service, and that's what counts.

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13 Aug 2017

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11:36am

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