The Hypocritic Oath

More Of The Same

Posted in Uncategorized by trinkwasser on October 7, 2009

Seen in Pulse Today

“A CQC spokesperson said: ‘We expect providers always to comply with NICE guidelines and other national guidance unless they can show a good reason to vary from them.’

“‘The steps we can take range from a formal warning notice to prosecution and imposition of restrictions, or even closure of a service,’ said the spokesperson.”

The comments from actual doctors, who actually know a bit about medicine, are worth a read.

I saw something like this several years back: my mother, who was then with one of the few remaining NHS dentists in the area, was dragged off to spend half a day sitting in a Portakabin in a car park waiting to have her teeth examined.

My highly competent dentist had been determined to keep NHS provision as long as possible, and at one stage had so many extra patients he took on a new partner just to cope with the workload. However even he had to admit defeat following further changes in the NHS regime.

His opinion on what happened to mother (and obviously many other patients since this appeared to be a big ongoing operation) was that all NHS patients were being checked to ensure their NHS dentists were only complying with NHS treatments – by then mostly restricted to amalgam fillings and extractions – and NOT providing improved levels of treatment such as non-amalgam fillings, which may be initially more expensive but last a lot longer so are much more cost effective in the long term.

This “money saving” exercise would have cost for the ongoing rental of the Portakabin, rental for the land on which it stood, and salary of a dentist who was not actually providing ANY treatment at all, merely looking for faults with the treatment of real dentists.

I suspect with doctors they can do without some of these expenses merely by data mining: that could be done by a non-medically-trained clerk or three.

“You have diabetics with an A1c below 6? You will be sent for regrooving!”

“Your patients aren’t having enough heart attacks, clearly you are guilty of prescribing a low carb diet!”

etc. etc . . .

Here’s yet another nail in the coffin (literally) of good diabetic control

and a thread or two on the same subject from a diabetes forum

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  1. AED said, on October 19, 2009 at 7:56 am

    This is an eyeopener for all people who are planning to visit dentist in near future. Atleast now I shall make myself clear whether the same case is not with my dentist.

    • trinkwasser said, on October 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      You still have an NHS dentist??? They are nonexistent here now. Curiously both our local dentists are private only but are surprisingly inexpensive, especially when you take into account that they can use techniques which are much longer lasting. “Cost effectiveness” in NICE terms is purely short term.

      I should do a post on dentists. Meanwhile I can say that my teeth do not disintegrate like they used to, nor do my gums, due to the lack of starch in my diet. This observation has also been made in several threads on several forums and blogs – sugar is only one factor.

      Alan has some good stuff on gum disease also

      http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/11/teeth-gums-diabetes-and-death.html

      which is backed by further papers I’ve read on the same subject. And of course Weston A Price was a dentist and made many links between diet, dental health and health in general.


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