May I ask what symptoms do you attribute to having had a general anaesthetic?A feeling of extreme pressure in head was the immediate symptom on waking, along with violent dizziness.
Then in the days immediately after, the following developed:
Brain fog, like a cross between conscious sedation and drunkenness
Extreme dizzy attacks, and waking with dizziness & vomiting in the night
Double vision & blurred vision
Difficulty judging speed & distance
The sight of unexpected movement puts me off balance or makes me want to throw up
Inter-pupillary distance (relating to varifocals) changes at random
Bright lights like shooting stars running across my vision
2.5 fold increase in the number of (previously occurring) ocular migraines
Dyspraxia: difficulty writing, slicing food, getting food in my mouth without it falling off fork, cutting myself shaving etc.
Poor reaction to any movement initiated by my own movement
Vomit reflex in diaphragm when swallowing
Random stabbing pains in head & neck
Symptoms are paroxysmal, and tend to be aggravated by anything increasing my blood pressure. (Arguing, straining to do jobs, straining on loo, kneeling etc)
If this question is too personal or intrusive, ignore it.I'm happy to publish just about anything and everything relating to my healthcare, because people who are too coy to do so are just providing the NHS with protection.
Definitely worth a complaint.I never thought of that.
Before you come back with another one I've already done years ago, such as filing a complaint with the Health Ombudsman, you might like to read Hansard, and see what the MPs who created the PHSO had to say about their handiwork:
"The Bill was always drafted to be a swiz, and now it is spelt into the Bill."
"Anyone who contemplates an office of this kind is faced with the dilemma of making it either a Frankenstein or a nonentity?a Frankenstein if it has effective powers and a nonentity if it has not. The Government, quite rightly, has opted for its being a nonentity, and in that sense it is a fraud....I congratulate the Government on its being a nonentity. A Frankenstein would, I think, have undermined the power of Ministers and would have undermined the authority of individual Members of Parliament. That, I am quite sure, is not to be.....My ultimate conclusion about this Bill is that it is a noble facade without anything behind it."
PHSOtheFacts is a pressure group campaigning against the PHSO corruption (they have given evidence in parliament, and to the HSIB, they're not just kids blogging from their bedrooms). In 2018 their lawyers filed 32 cases of Misconduct In Public Office with Scotland Yard, but the investigation had to be abandoned, not because there was no evidence, but because the Health Service Commissioners Act prevents the police, or anyone else, from accessing PHSO files.
Here are the series of reports on the PHSO commissioned by Katherine Murphy, CEO of the Patients' Association. They were taken down from the website as soon as they'd got rid of her.
TLDR? Here's a summary. I can tick off the top 12 of those from my own personal experience.
("Communication takes too long" looks innocuous enough on the face of it, but it's a deliberate ploy to run you out of time on the Statute of Limitations. They ambush you with the final report a few days before the 3 year limit expires.)
The NHS complaints system is a sham, and above the law, just as the MPs who created it intended.
Paragraph 9.37 of the PHSO Service Model Main Guidance is interesting:
"Where we have found that an injustice arose in consequence of maladministration or service failure but that it was fully remedied before the complaint was received by the Ombudsman then a complaint will not be upheld. (Policy requirement)"
So as you can see, all the NHS have to do to get a complaint dismissed is to claim the problem has already been fixed:
"Yes, your Honour, it was me who robbed the Nat West last month, but I've stopped robbing banks now."
"Oh, that's OK then, off you go."
And just in case the NHS are in any doubt what they need to do, this is an email from a PHSO Caseworker coaching the hospital what to say.
My original complaint in 2015 was made because cardiology deliberately lied, and denied any knowledge of my having been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. After the PHSO went through the pretence of an investigation, and produced a report which ignored all the evidence without explanation, whilst accepting the NHS account at face value with no evidence at all, I wrote a long reply systematically dismantling it, piece by piece. They then conceded it was "flawed" and agreed to re-investigate.
After many months, they then withdrew their previous letter, saying that the second investigation had been stopped in order to "manage" the "legal risks".
I now appear to have become the unluckiest patient in the NHS, as every encounter I've had with the NHS since then seems to have resulted in my being harmed. It's like being one of the Post Office workers but worse: there's nowhere to escape from the NHS.
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