My experience both with hospital and my local medical practice is that very few, if any, National Health doctors are able to communicate to us properly, in English. This must lead to mistakes being made especially amongst elderly patients.
I am almost put off going to consult our nearest practice (National Health) because of this. In a way I am lucky in that my daughter mostly accompanies me and tries her best to understand and interpret what is being said!! But this is a parlous state of affairs and makes one dread having to consult a foreign born doctor, not fluent in English, which in many cases they are not.
It is in my view, vitally important that doctors instructions to a patient are properly explained and understood by the patient he/she is treating and this in my experience is far from normally the case.
Gay Witchwill, by email.
Campaigns & Issues
Fuel Poverty Charity Reaction to E.ON price increase announcement
Elizabeth Gore, Deputy Director of fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland said: "Just one day after learning from the Government that they would get a £50 cut in their energy bills, households are given the news that yet another energy company is increasing its prices.
"Customers are no doubt thinking that it is a case of ‘giving with the right and taking with the left’.
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Competitions & Fun
Fairytale of New York voted top Christmas driving song!
With the festive season fast approaching and Christmas songs becoming a daily feature of radio station playlists, a 1st Central Insurance survey reveals The Pogues' Fairytale of New York is the nation's favourite Christmas song to drive along to.
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Health & Wellbeing
The benefits of a Mediterranean diet in the battle against dementia
In an open letter to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, experts said persuading people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil was a strong strategy for preventing Alzheimer’s.
They argued that the tactic for fighting memory-robbing diseases was "possibly the best strategy currently available", ahead of drugs.
The medics insisted that numerous high-quality studies back their call, but claimed that "compelling" evidence has largely been ignored.
Property & Finance
Annuities: time for regulatory change
The Financial Services Consumer Panel today publishes the findings of its research into the consumer experience of purchasing an annuity, which shows that the market does not work well for the majority of consumers.
The Panel recommends urgent regulatory and government-led structural reform in order to prevent millions of pensioners from losing out.
The Panel’s extensive 12-month study, which included a literature review and three separate pieces of independent research, uncovered evidence of a complex market which is failing to deliver good outcomes for many consumers.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Paula's Wines of the Week starting 9 December 2013
Top Eight Sparkling Wines of 2012 this week. Which is better situation than in 2012 when there was only enough decent bubbly around to make a top five list, while in 2011 there was such a dearth of the decent stuff that a top sparkling round-up couldn’t be justified. So things are a little better this year.
But while we’ve had a Top Ten Whites and Top Ten Reds, and even a Top Ten Under Six Quid, there still wasn’t quite enough tasty fizz this year to make a top ten list. So you’ll have to make do with a top eight instead. And here they are.
"I'm a pensioner, get me out of here!"
Today's pensioners may not have to endure daily Bush Tucker trials to top up their shopping baskets but for almost 70% of people surveyed by the deVere Group, cost of living is the primary concern about retiring in the UK.
According the results of a recent survey of 1,231 over 50's questioned by the international financial consultancy, cost of living is the primary motivation for quitting Britain with almost half (49.5%) stating that they have 'seriously considered', 'are thinking about', or 'would be tempted' to live overseas during retirement.
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