On Tuesday 9th October, 2012 I had just completed an appointment with the consultant dealing with my Prostate Cancer. I left the hospital clutching the details of my next appointment.
Having elected for “Active Surveillance” the next appointment, to review PSA blood test results, was scheduled for four months time. i.e. 11:10 on Monday 18th February, 2013
A while later, seems like a couple of weeks, I was notified that the appointment had been cancelled and that I would be advised of a new appointment in due course. Time passed, Christmas came and went and no new appointment. Knowing that I had to arrange for a PSA blood test a couple of weeks ahead of the consult and not having a specific appointment I took a punt and arranged for the blood test to be carried out on Friday 1st February.
Well time flies by when you are enjoying yourself and here we are, half way through January and I still had not heard anything regarding a new appointment.
So I contacted the Urology Department at the QA where they explained that the original appointment had been cancelled due to government and/or NHS rules and I had been placed on the Outpatients Waiting List. However, very helpfully she said she would arrange a new appointment for me.
“I have an appointment for you in February” she said.
“Monday 18th” she said.
“That’s amazing” I replied “My previous appointment was on that day”
“What time ?” I asked.
“11:10” she replied
“Bizarre” I responded. “That’s when my original appointment was scheduled”
“Oh I can’t give you that time” she jumps in. “The diary is showing a conflict with your original appointment even though it has been cancelled.” “I’ll have to give you another time. How’s 11:20 ?”
Obviously I accepted the new time and she said she would mail me confirmation.
So in summary, the new rules meant that my appointment had been shifted by 10 minutes, had cost me a telephone call and cost the NHS/QA three appointment letters.
I can only imagine that they are applying the same petty bureaucratic rules that stop me from being able to book an appointment, to see my GP, greater than a month ahead of time.
‘Extreme’ haircut gets Leigh Park teenager kicked out of his lessons.
Once again the News is printing non stories. Since when did a disobedient child become news worthy ? Since they have, I felt the urge to comment.
The 15-year-old, who lives with his parents at Cheriton Close, Leigh Park, said: ‘It’s stupid because I don’t think there’s anything wrong with my hair.
‘It’s fashionable and a lot of my friends have the same haircut, yet I’m the only one who has been punished.
I’ve got news for you, Master Davies, nobody cares if you think there’s anything wrong with your hair or not. All schools have rules regarding dress. Not all of them enforce those rules as firmly as Park Community School, perhaps they should.
Personally I think that there are probably other issues behind this story. At least one of the comments attached to the article indicate issues with this lad outside of school.
‘I feel gutted because now I’m not in lessons with my friends and it’s going to be harder to concentrate on my work being sat alone.’
Why does being in a quiet room on your own make concentration difficult ? Surely having no mates to distract you, no mates for you to play about with, should help the concentration.
Billy’s mum Jackie Davies said: ‘The school is being pedantic.
Mrs Davies, That’s their job. Look it up.
Many people will argue that the style of his hair is not important when weighed against his education. In life we run into many such rules and we chooses to comply or resist. Whatever we choose we have to accept that there are consequences.
Headteacher Chris Anders said: ‘We’re an outstanding school and proud of our high standards.
‘Parents are well aware of the uniform policy and support it.
‘It’s always a shame when students do not follow rules but as adults working with children and young people we know it is important to be clear about the consequences of actions and to follow through when rules are broken.’
Just once in a while I would like to hear that parents of perfidious miscreants are actually supporting the schools, the teachers and the idea that their child goes to school to learn, not for some spurious fashion parade.