Oh, those doc­tors!

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - MM Kim­ber­ley

AS PRAC­TICE man­ager and wife of a spe­cial­ist, I’ve been amazed by ridicu­lous state­ments such as those by Shaun Har­ris (Pri­vate buy, 9 Oc­to­ber) for many years. Doc­tors ap­par­ently lead a se­cret life in which they de­vote at­ten­tion to all kinds of pri­vate busi­ness, while now and then glanc­ing at their watches to see whether they’ve wasted enough of their wait­ing pa­tients’ time. The re­al­ity is that they’re at­tend­ing to emer­gen­cies (there­fore those without ap­point­ments, Har­ris), such as heart at­tacks, strokes, car ac­ci­dents and so on.

I hope Har­ris has al­ready given his fam­ily writ­ten no­tice that he wants to be left ly­ing in emer­gency without be­ing treated when he has a heart at­tack so that the valu­able time of pa­tients who have ap­point­ments isn’t wasted.

Never mind – doc­tors don’t need your money. Don’t even bother to make an ap­point­ment in fu­ture. Just take a good dose of cas­tor oil: that will clearly solve your


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