The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Congratulations Sir Nicholson! :-)

Captain, or colonel, or knight in arms.

David Nicholson, the Chief exec of the NHS has been knighted by the Queen in the new year honours' lists. He is now Sir David Nicholson. There was no Lord Liam Donaldson ... no! Not this year! .. sooo .. the son of Nichol is now head to head with the son of Donald ... but you never know what those lists will hold in future years, eh? Letsss wait and see!

Meanwhile, congratulations to Sir Nicholson on his knighthood ... and also to the Nice Sir Andrew Dillon too! ... that's innovation .... Nice!

Actually health and the NHS have done well this year .. so, congratulations to everybody :-)

.... and why aren't there any 'Quality' ordinary people, including parents on these honours' lists?! In times when there is a drive to fight all sorts of things, like teen pregnancy, binge drinking, drugs and the like - shouldn't good mums .. and dads feature on these honours' lists too? ... so they can be role models for the rest of society?! ...

It's not easy good parenthood, you know! Why is it not honoured?!

... and .. it's New Year's eve! ... and time to celebrate ....
.. Care to Valse Sir? .. orrr .. next Tango m'Lord? .. zeee Cha Cha perhaps? .. a Salsa maybe? .. :

.. when will I .. beeee faaamouuus? .. ;-)

“And so I am become a knight of the Kingdom of dreams!”

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

It's 'The Luck Of The Draw'!

It's the luck of the draw, know what I mean?

Final year medical students are in the process of applying to their F1 jobs at the moment. First, they had to fill an application form and at the same time, without knowing how they scored, they also had to choose their regions and arrange those in order of preference. Now that this has been done and each candidate found out their application score, loads of high scoring candidates found out that despite getting a much above average in their application, they were unable to secure a job in their top preferences because those who scored less had put the region they secured their jobs in as their first preference! ... Not clear? Well, that's how it works:

Say you put all four London regions as your preferred for jobs:

1- Region 1
2- Region 2
3- Region 3
4- Region 4

Then, for example you add:

5- Oxford
6- Cambridge
7- Middle of nowhere region

... etc .. etc until you list all available regions.

Now, depending on your score, if your first choice region was over subscribed, you have lost out and the chances are you will end up with your 7th choice 'middle of nowhere region' despite gaining a much higher than average score in your application! That's because if you don't get your 1st preference because of it being very much over subscribed, the likelihood is that your second and subsequent choices have already been filled with candidates who scored much less than you but had put their first choice as 'your' chosen 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th choice!

Because all applications get offered to all regions at the same time! Much like with MTAS when many top applicants lost out because they dared to apply to top jobs which were then over subscribed!

So, in effect, , for example, apart from the first region, candidates who scored in the low 70%s have been able to secure a place exactly where they want and in popular deaneries too, while, for example, those who scored over 80% and up to 83% didn't! Those will now end up in places they do not really want to be in!

Very unfair when below average scoring candidates come from behind and get suited to their first choice, while top scoring candidates who were not able to get their 1st choice are not able to get their 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice! Simply because they could not predict which regions were over subscribed and which were not! ... Last year's results did not help in that prediction either as the scores are very different this year! ... and once you're allocated a region, you stay there for the duration for you two foundation years!

Whether high or low, what's the point of having a score in the first place then?!

It's all a gamble!

In a 'rational' world, those who scored above a certain percentage should be offered to their 1st choice and then to their 2nd if not suited, then third and so on before the second wave of applicants are treated in the same way .. and it wouldn't take longer either because once the first wave is started, the rest would follow ... smoothe and streamlined too! .... and ... FAIR

But we're not in the 'rational' world here ... we're in The Luck of the Draw world where logic does not apply!

Very unfair!

It's the sad luck of the draw, that's all you can say.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

There is a swine in my bed! ;-)

I think in every country that there is at least one executive who is scared of going crazy.

"More than half a million pregnant women are at serious risk of contracting swine flu after refusing to be vaccinated.
Around 550,00 pregnant women in the UK have been offered the swine flu vaccine, but only 101,000 have accepted it amid fears it is unsafe."

Yet ....

"Daily Express columnist and GP Dr Rosemary Leonard has refused to adopt the DoH's stance to inoculate pregnant women in their first trimester - insisting it is less risky to have the vaccination later on when the baby is fully-formed. Administering the swine flu vaccine in the early stages means there is an increased risk of respiratory failure later on in pregnancy," she warned. We try to avoid giving drugs at all costs to pregnant women. Any vaccines are a risk and your immune system alters a lot during pregnancy, so why go giving them when there is no rush?"

She went on: "As far as we are concerned, H1N1 has gone away. We are just seeing people with lots of coughs and colds.

We're not pushing inoculations. In fact, we're giving women the choice."

... and half a million pregnant women 'chose' not to take it! Are they all crazy?! Well, it's either they are ... or someone else somewhere is ....

... and good on you Dr Rosemary Leonard! ... Swine?! .. What Swine ?! ..

He's going ... going ... gone! :-)

In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas :-)

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

Endeavour to find that child in you today ... then indulge! :-)

Merry Christmas

"Christmas, my child, is love in action"

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Wot glasses?!

Coloured glasses are never made in bifocals. Nobody wants to read the small print in dreams.

I have always had very good eye sight, but three years ago reading started to become a bit blurred and I was prescribed a pair of plus 0.5 reading glasses. I didn't like them much because I do not like any sort of glasses in general, but it was more comfortable to use them for reading especially at night. A year on, those glasses were upgraded to 1.5 lens strength. But I don't like them and do avoid wearing them as much as I can to this day because ....
While I was in Egypt last year, my father who is well over eighty advised me to try and read without them. He never wore glasses himself and can still read, albeit slowly and with a bit of difficulty, without the need for any face furniture or even the use of magnifying glass. He firmly believes that if you get your eyes used to outside help, one's sight will keep on deteriorating 'until you wear glasses as thick as the bottom of a drinking glass'. Well, I took his advice and stopped wearing my reading glasses, except for when I can't be bothered with the little discomfort of reading slower than usual, but amazingly enough, the 1.5 reading glasses strength feels very uncomfortable now, I have already dropped back to just 1.0 and it feels better than if I am wearing the stronger ones ... when I wear any that is! ... I am writing now without any!

I do not need long distance help with my vision so far, but I have no idea if my father's La resistance to glasses 'theory' will last for or if there is any base in science for this resistance ... etc, but it worked for him and now it works for me :-)

I don't know how long will this resistance to wearing reading glasses can continue for .. and it does take a bit getting used to the discomfort of having no magic aid, so, news like this are absolutely brilliant:

As the body ages so do the eyes and people start needing glasses for reading and driving.
But now a new technique has come on the market which promises not only to restore our sight but also to make it better than before and get us seeing in high definition.
Where the light adjustable lens (LAL) differs from others is that because of the flexibility of its material, unpolymerised silicone, it can be adjusted after it has been placed in the eye - allowing eye surgeons to optimise vision."

With all the lazer treatments now available for all sorts of eye conditions and with the addition of this amazing new advancement, it seems that I will never need to force myself to wear the horrid things again. And, very soon nobody will need to wear any glasses for any reason either! But what about sun glasses? ... well, you never know, maybe those eye doctors out there will discover a way for those artificial lens they replace the natural ones with to colour when given an order to do so by a brain impulse or something ... you never know ... Dreeeeams! :-)

... then .. face furniture, of any kind ... will be resigned to the dustbin of history! And you know, I think that there must be a relationship between poor eye sight and conditions like dementia, Alzehimers and the like! I have no idea if that is true, but wait till science proves me right when those conditions are very much helped, even become a thing of the past too because of better eye sight! Not forgetting how much more productivity as well as enjoyment of life and general well being will good eye sight give those loads of people who currently need to wear glasses too!

Will anybody miss wearing glasses? .. I won't ... sooo .. good riddance!

Innovation --->  Brilliant science ----> magic medicine! :-)

Eye cells could help diagnose Alzheimers disease

An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

You got mail! :-)

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding...
Older Woman: Is there a pr
oblem, Officer?

Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.

Older Woman: Oh, I see.

Officer: Can I see your license please?

Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.

Officer: Don't have one?

Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.

Officer: I see...Can I
see your vehicle registration papers please.

Older Woman: I can't do that.

Officer: Why not?

Older Woman: I stole this car.

Officer: Stole it?

Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.

Officer: You what?

Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see

e Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could yo
u step out of your vehicle please!
The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Older woman: Is there a problem sir?

Officer 2: One of my officers told me that
you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.

Older Woman: Murdered t
he owner?

Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an e
mpty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?

lder Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.
The officer is quite stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.

The officer ex
amines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2
: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.

Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, to

Don't Mess With Older Ladies

This came in an e-mail from one of my cousins in Egypt ... complete with pictures too. He's a doctor too cos we have looooads in the family! Big mistake I told my cousins in Egypt I got caught for speeding the other day! I was let off with a caution though! Cos I wasn't really speeding, see! Those officers made a mistake .. well, they did! Most definately! ... and who's old-er anyway, eh?! Just wait till I see you you naughty lot!' :-)

Friday, 18 December 2009

Arrogant Act!

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

The Kerrie Woolterton case is still troubling many doctors as well as lawyers and medical ethicists around the blogosphere. On Dr Grumble's site, the debate on his post 'Any clinician will tell you' is still going strong since 5 December, ie, for the past two whole weeks. I have been watching the debate as it went forwards only to go back to where it started from and it seems that the matter now hangs on whether Kerrie had the capacity to decide when she arrived to hospital. Well, here is the dictionary's definition of capacity:


1. n. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; -- used in reference to physical things.
2. n. The power of receiving and holding ideas, knowledge, etc.; the comprehensiveness of the mind; the receptive faculty; capability of understanding or feeling.
3. n. Ability; power pertaining to, or resulting from, the possession of strength, wealth, or talent; possibility of being or of doing.
4. n. Outward condition or circumstances; occupation; profession; character; position; as, to work in the capacity of a mason or a carpenter.
5. n. Legal or noral qualification, as of age, residence, character, etc., necessary for certain purposes, as for holding office, for marrying, for making contracts, will, etc.; legal power or right; competency.

Which is really a definition once simplified affirms this Arabic proverb: A man's capacity is the same as his breadth of vision ... So, simply; did Kerrie have that 'Breadth of vision'? And the answer is NO! For how can this woman be deemed to have breadth of vision when presenting to hospital tormented and with self-inflected poison in her stomach?! Surely, the very idea that she had drunk this poison then decided to run to hospital afterwards means that she had no vision to help her make a sound decision! Breadth of vision means having the capabilities that a person in their normal everyday state uses to weigh up argument and make a decision. Even then, we can still make mistakes and Kerrie did not even have this ability at all then given her tormented state! How about also having a deadly dose of poison inside her too?! Drinking poison is not a normal everyday activity for any normal person and for that, if I were a doctor, I would have deemed this young woman not to have capacity based on that alone and would have treated and saved her life.

And despite all the debate, no one considered the impact of the decision to allow Kerrie to die on her family! Surely, a law such as this mental capacity Act 2005 was not meant to inflict life long torment on Kerrie's father by allowing his daughter to die while he probably was sitting in front of the TV at home not knowing what was happening to her 'in hospital'!

I believe that the hardest thing for a parent to bear is when they out live their own children. Indeed, we all sympathise with the parents and families of young people who die because of a terminal illness or even while doing their duty as soldiers who then get killed in action. We feel for those families and parents even though in both cases death is expected to a certain extent. But Kerrie's father's experience with how his daughter was allowed to die 'in hospital' and while surrounded by 'healers' who simply stood by and allowed it to happen is unique! Cruel, savage and harsh 'unique' IMO! That's why the case doesn't want to go away!

Because every way you look at it ... It Hurts!

... and why wasn't this man called when a decision not to treat his daughter was made?! Could Kerrie have been saved by her father's presence comforting and consoling her in her moments of despair? Or at least, could her father been saved the torment had he held his daughter's hand while she died? In any way you look at it, it was cruel not to contact the father to allow him to persuade his own daughter not to commit the act or, have a say in the matter and what to do next .. or , at least, a way to come to terms with this predicament!

And there are some out there who wonder, now that this father has decided to go to court, if he would win that case and be compensated as a result! While I wish this father wins this case because he and his daughter were badly let down by a system that is supposed to 'heal' first and foremost, I wonder if a daughter can be compensated for with all the money in the world?! :-(

It seems this law was passed by people who perhaps have no idea how ordinary people live ... and die! By people of a certain class in society, not neccessarily to do with wealth, but standing wise too. People who perhaps have never, or their children, experienced or been involved in, or witnessed the type of agony Kerrie was under when she took this poison or the agony now being suffered by her father and the rest of those who loved her!

This Mental Capacity Act 2005 is an arrogant Act ... A flawed law! .... It should be revised to stop such cruelty happening again!

... and next time laws like that need to find a way to include the voices of ordinary people and the man and woman on the street before they are passed, and not only the views of those experts who, in a day's work, are left to decide on matters that perhaps have or will never actually matter to them!

We need a 'Jury system' for when laws that affect humanity are being debated and passed!

... I wonder if that Act would have been passed in it's current form had those who originally debated and passed it had access to the current debate on Kerrie's case all over the blogosphere!

Those views of ordinary people like us!

Make no judgements where you have no compassion.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Of humour and wisdom ...

Portrait of a doctor

zippedy doo-dah, Zippedy-ay, My oh my what a wonderful day, Plenty of sunshine heading my way, Zippedy doo-dah, Zippedy-ay" The Spectator

Lots of reaction to The Chief Medical Officer's resignation since it was announced. While some media celebrate his departure with a vengeance, Remedy UK, who are still fighting to bring the architects of the MTAS fiasco to account think sir's resignation is two years too late! There has been some welcoming reaction to this departure from office by some of the participants of the medical blogosphere. Then there are others who ignore Sir's unfavourable achievements and choose to sing in praise of his the near enough to 12 years time he remained in office. Surprisingly, those include Mr Andy Burnham, the SoS for Health!

"The health secretary, Andy Burnham, said Donaldson would go down as

"one of the great CMOs"

He added: "Sir Liam has fulfilled his duties in this important public office with great distinction, wisdom and good humour. He has brought courage and foresight to the role of improving the nation's health. His bold and once-controversial proposal to turn public places smoke-free shows the difference he has made."

While I have nothing against Sir Donaldson 'achievements' with regards to preventing people from smoking in public places, I am not surprised at all that while praising Sir Donaldson's long period in office, Mr Burnham said nothing about the CMO's over the top reaction to the swine flu perceived attack or the very vast amount of money squandered. As well as the totally over the top scare campaign that followed this totally unnecessary and inept campaign! One that was and remains totally out of proportion with the real threat posed by the mild illness!

No distinction or wisdom here!

However, I can now perhaps see the humour of the CMO's predictions about the 'pandemic' and the scare'm all campaign; that mass deaths, totalling 60,000 souls, no less, would result from the swines attack on this nation alone! I can also maybe laugh at the fact that caves and tunnels under cities :-) were being prepared to accommodate the mass graves resulting from the catastrophic and unprecedented event! But I can't see the humour of continuing with the scare and insisting on vaccinating pregnant women and children under five against such a mild disease and with a vaccine we don't know much about, except that it can cause really harmful side effects! ... 'ONE' casualty that may result from the vaccine is 'one' casualty too much IMO!

... and I thought that once the disease was proven to be that mild, that the government would halt the mass vaccination to protect the public from it's harm - I still hope, for the sake of those pregnant women and those young trusting children that this unnecessary vaccination programme will be stopped asap and regardless of how much money was wasted this far!

It is therefore now the duty of Andy Burnham, our SoS for Health, to stop this scare and stop this inept campaign before it causes more harm to the trusting public!

Of course Andy was not in charge of health when earthquake MTAS caused the 'greatest' shock in the history of British medicine! It may also be a be a bit difficult for a none medic to understand the scale of the harm done by MTAS. Hence, perhaps Andy Burnham did not bear this in mind when he described the CMO as he did .. but this 'greatness' is not our experience here at the grassroots unless anyone considers such fiasco as 'one' of the CMO 's great achievements! ... and he NEVER, since the scale of the MTAS foul up became apparent, did Sir come out to say, not even 'sorry', which he should feel as well as say since the Health Select Committee found him 'inept' but could do nothing about it because of the terms of his employment contract, but show some compassion and at the very least promise the agonised and despairing young doctors of 2007 and their bewildered families to do something! Anything! ... but no! ... Instead, he kept silent and out of the picture to this day!

Nothing is at all 'great' about that!

.... and the ripple effect of MTAS still continues to this day on those affected in 2007, who had to accept either below their abilities jobs, change specialties, seperate from family and friends by force, or run out of this country for good to save their careers!

Nothing is at all 'great' about that either!

... and, if only Sir had the courage and foresight to come out and speak to us, the MTAS foul up victims and their families back in 2007 .. or even since then! .. and only for a few minutes! ... But he never did! ... then again, plenty of time to come still ... and with doctors, there will, as ever, be another chance ... so ..

Let's hope.

It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it

Art work: Francis Picabia (Famed for his humour as well as wisdom)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

... and Sir Liam resigns!

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

"The Chief Medical Officer for England, Sir Liam Donaldson, has said he is stepping down from the job in May.

The BBC then goes to list Sir's amazing achievements ... and the news is in The Times too! ..

But The mail tells the whole truth! :-)

And, for the record ... Sir Liam has now been appointed as Chancellor for New Castle University in August 2009! His inauguration ceremony was held on 7 December 2009

He intended to go in May this year but stayed on to protect the British public from the terrible threat posed by the ferocious 'Swines' ... Sir said he will also stay longer should there be any further swine activity ...

If only for this generosity alone, would we be calling Sir 'Lord' Donaldson soon? ... and ....

Sir will be free to talk in May 2010 when he leaves government, will he talk?

I hope he does ...

... and I wonder .. who ... will take his place?

And ... it must be a coincidence Sir and I share the same hero! ;-)

“The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference”

A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.

Sunday, 13 December 2009


I came across this centre while driving around the Hanger Lane round about in London. They are a Polish centre, but have translated their site to many languages. They do Dental, including implants and hygiene as well as other teeth stuff, cellulite treatment, feet treatment ... and ... Gynaecologists and paediatricians.

A list of their services is here ... and they even have a blog :-)

It doesn't show on the picture above but they do advertise Gynae and Peads on the front of the shop too. I had no idea that doctors dealing with women and children are now allowed to advertise in this way, are they?

Friday, 11 December 2009

Wooing the voters Darling? :-)

The new years come, the old years go, We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light, We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings, We curse it then and sigh for wings.

Many thanks to the team of High Quality Care for all for highlighting the chancellor's pre-budget report :-)

Here, some extracts I found interesting:

"This Pre-Budget Report is about building a fairer society and securing opportunity for all. To promote growth, we also need to invest in the skills of young people to prevent a lost generation of youth unemployment.

I will announce measures to guarantee work opportunities for the young.

... Past recessions have had a very damaging impact on young people, who should be starting their working lives, but instead were unemployed.

Our package of support for the young already includes a place for every 16 and 17 year-old in education or training.

I intend to provide funding so that this guarantee will be available to school-leavers again next September.

In the Budget I went further, and announced that every 18-24 year-old will be guaranteed work or training after 12 months out-of-work.

I don’t want them to have to wait that long, so I am bringing this forward.

I have decided that from next month no-one under-24 needs to be unemployed for longer than six months before being guaranteed work or training.

Mr Speaker, in the past, older people were allowed – indeed often encouraged – to drift into permanent unemployment.

We can’t afford to write off this experience.

So we will ensure the over-50s receive specialist and tailored support, to equip them with the confidence and skills needed to get a job. (I like to think we bloggers do make a difference after all, you never know, eh? Good move Darling! :-)

We also want to encourage those who want to stay working part-time after they reach retirement age and make work pay for everyone, regardless of their age.

To make it easier for those over 65 to receive Working Tax Credit, we will reduce the minimum number of hours they need to work to be eligible.

... Mr Speaker, we chose not to let people sink when they lost their jobs but to intervene to help them stay afloat.

Mr Speaker, our top priority is to protect those services which are absolutely essential to the health of our society and the strength of our economy:

the health service, crucial for our well-being.

Our police force, crucial for our safety.

And our schools, crucial for our future.

... I am today able to offer guaranteed minimum real terms increases in spending on front-line NHS and schools for two years from 2011.

As well as providing sufficient funding to maintain the number of police and community support officers.

This means I can confirm not just that we will increase spending as planned next year, in hospitals, schools and policing.

But we can also pledge that spending on these crucial front-line services will continue to rise, over and above inflation, after 2010-11, so that we can meet the improved public service guarantees and entitlements we have set out."

No worries then! I like that. Protecting and investing in the talents of all segments of society will not just lift us out of recession, make people happier through enhancing the feelings of being valued as well as promoting confidence and self-worth, thus also encourage well being and the prevention of disease, but it is also the duty of good leaders;

To ensure protection, stability and prosperity for all ... sooon!

Actually, not a bad pre-budget speech with much more to consider, well worth the read ... Wooing the voters, eh?! Well, we do need mending those down turned hearts! ... and the hope! ... You're on the right road Mr Darling ... lots of tender love .. and pleeeenty of wooing ... then ... you never know ... and I do like Gordon :-)

So ... get wooing Darling ... more ... n' more ... if only just cos we're worth it! ;-)

"Perhaps if you address the lady Most politely, most politely, Flatter and impress the lady Most politely, most politely, Humbly beg and humbly sue, She may deign to look on you."

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Clawzhair :-)

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.

This piece of modern hair art was created, in a flash, by Valantino, an innovator who madly fell in love with women's hair, he invented the Edward Scissorhand style Clawz. The clawz are now set to revolutionise the way hair is cut in the future:

"Mr LoSauro said he had to relearn his haircutting technique to use the Clawz, which require the user to bend their fingers to contract the razor.

‘It took me a couple of years from the launch of the prototype in around 2001 to become really proficient with them,’ he said.

‘Now though I can motor through hair cuts and they are much quicker than usual scissors.

Mr LoSauro, who has 35 years’ experience in the industry, has sold 30,000 Clawz since 2001 at £60 each.

He has also used Clawz on some famous people at his Planet Hair salon in Florida.

‘Ritchie Sambora of Bon Jovi has let me cut his hair with the Clawz,’ Mr LoSauro said.

'Most customers are a bit apprehensive at first when they see my smiling face with my razor-sharp fingers.

‘But come the end of the hair cut they are stunned by the quality.

I suppose the result IS stunning! ... isn't it just? Literally! I mean, many women would go to court for that! But then ... I am a bit old fashioned for that modern chic! ... and it does put a smile on your face ... specially when you hear Valantino laughing out loud all the way to the bank!

He did come up with a 'unique' idea though! Clever Valentino, eh? But that's the power of innovation 4 u! ... and the liberation! ... verrrrry 'new' New Look too! :-)

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

... and god created Darwin? :-)

- Ma ... how were humans made?

- Well son, god created Adam .. then he created Eve... and they had children .. then their children had children .. and so on ... and that's how humans were made :-)

- But mum, dad told me humans were all monkeys and in time they changed into men and women!

- Yes son, see, I was telling you about my family, Dad was telling you about his!

It's Sunday ... relax, smile, be happy ... and promise yourself ... to live till you die! :-)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Beauty for sale ...

Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.

Beauty is no longer in the eye of the beholder, but in the eye of the plastic surgeon .. or any other doctor ... a dentist ... or even a non medically trained nurse! Any one with a medical degree, and sometimes without, is allowed to do plastics or cosmetics on any unsuspecting patient .. with really harmful results at the end in many cases!

One of my neighbours has been a victim of this unregulated 'industry'. All of a sudden, the roughly 40 something year old looked as if someone has punched her in the mouth; her lips looked nearly double the size they were before and looked somehow 'inverted' ... a really strange look! Not only was her speech impaired but, I also wondered how or if she manages to eat at all. It must be a very uncomfortable exercise if not painful as well!

I've never actually asked her about what happened and I pretended, for her sake, that I don't notice that change ... but I was later told by another neighbour that she had been to a well known 'practice', or whatever they are called, and this was the result! I understand now that she has been to other doctors, but to fix her problem, she would need to undergo a much more major surgery and spend a hefty sum.

I don't know how or what procedure she had before or what she was advised by her new doctors. What I know is that this poor woman paid to get herself disfigured and now she has to pay again to get herself fixed, let alone having to go under the knife again too ... if that was the case the first time! .. or if the harm can be undone!

Can she take her'practitioner', surgeon, doctor or otherwise, who made this mess to court? I hear that she may not win if she did because that 'practitioner' can always claim, supported by her signed consent form, that the procedure was fully explained to her and that it was her who chose to have that amount of inflation to her lips! It was her expectations that are to blame and not the 'practitioner'!

People like my neighbour need to be protected from that jungle called 'The beauty industry' out there! It is therefore very welcomed that some doctors want this industry properly regulated:

"In ‘Clinical Risk in Aesthetic Surgery’, Nigel Mercer of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) calls for tighter regulation in the UK, “There has been a massive increase in marketing, including discount vouchers, 2-for-1 offers and holidays with surgery. In no other area of medicine is there such an unregulated mess. What is worse is that national governments would not allow it to happen in other areas of medicine. Imagine a ‘2-for-1’ advert for general surgery? If we have to sell anything, we should sell our advice, not procedures. If we cannot self-regulate then regulation will eventually be imposed. All cosmetic treatments are medical interventions, and every medical intervention has a complication and failure rate.” .He also suggests that there should be a Europe-wide ban on advertising all cosmetic surgical procedures, including on internet search engines."

However, much as I agree that plastic surgery or that industry as a whole badly needs to be regulated, I do not support that idea that advertising should also be banned, for how else would a patient know where to go?! And while some may say patients should seek the experience of others and practitioners should gain their business through 'word of mouth', I would argue that this ideology is flawed because, with the huge advancement in medicine, cosmetic or otherwise, and now that specialties are sub divided into further sub specialties, sooo many of them for another doctor, let alone a patient, to know of in most cases, it then follows; how would a patient find out which specialist or where to go for best outcome?! And, while one specialist may be good in one procedure, s/he maybe incompetent in another ... and where do you find other patients with exactly the same experience as the one you're after anyway?! and so, this 'word of mouth' thingy is definitely not enough for our modern day medicine and it's complexities!

Travel agents have so many official bodies that regulates and controls their industry. These, like ABTA ; The Association Of British Travel Agents, for example, does rigorous checks on each of it's travel businesses before it allows them to become members. It then charges them an annual membership fee, mainly to use in case of complaints by members of the public who were not satisfied by the service of a given agent. Travel agents are then allowed to advertise, but while they are doing so, they are well aware that any hype in this advertising may lead to trouble with ABTA latter or even to losing the valuable membership. After which, they would not be allowed to practice at all! Travel has many other regulators, Local like ABTA and ATOL, or IATA for regulating the airline industry on local and international levels .. to name but a few. All working to ensure a fair deal as well as the safety of the public .. as well as the customers financial protection .. etc

If 'Beauty' is now an 'Industry' then it should be regulated like any other industry! Like the travel industry ... and then that industry can advertise it's business to the public too ... only this time not every one with 1000 pounds who took a day course at Botoxing and the like will be allowed to practice! And the proper and fully liscenced medical practitioners would know their limits and the public would be safe! ... and no more 2 for 1 vouchers as stated in the article in the link ...

Once regulated ... they wouldn't dare! :-)

By the same token, with the explosion in medical tourism, it is unfair when British doctors, and hospitals, whether private or NHS, in cosmetics or otherwise, are not allowed to advertise while doctors and hospitals around the world do! This definitely needs to change if Britain is to compete on a global level! ... and, all other specialities should be allowed to advertise their activities too ... properly regulated, it is much safer and more profitable to advertise ... than 'word of mouth'!

It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.

It's now booming in the UK
But 'our hands are tied'
Why aren't women on TV?