Geoff Lee – Parramatta State Member of Parliament 5

Geoff Lee is a typical member of the Berejiklian Government, and, in fact, of Premier Berejiklian herself, and, in fact, NSW politicians in general – if you send them an email or a copy of an email you’ve sent to others, you’ll get automated responses like this.

Somewhere along the line some brain-dead marketing people have advised that, “If you tell people that they need to provide their full contact details before you’ll provide responses to their emails – the people will accept this.” And people like Geoff Lee, Premier Berejiklian and others have responded with, “Oh yes! that makes perfect sense!”

Unfortunately, this may be true with lots of people.

If you live in the electorates of people like Geoff Lee, you can expect to get expensive brochures mailed to you every couple of months which include 15 to 20 photos of his like in “photo opportunities,” and, of course, best wishes on your birthday! – but no responses to enquiries about even the most significant matters!

Of course, what should happen, is that, if the Geoff Lees of this world can’t provide you with answers themselves, that they direct you to someone in the whole government who can, without you providing your contact details.

The old saying is SO true – “we get the politicians we deserve.”

People, as fresh elections start coming up, please, please, please, email all the candidates asking them if, if they get elected, they will answer your emails, even if you haven’t provided all your personal email details – and vote for the candidate who provides the best response.

At least, if more and more people do this, the first step might be achieved – there may be more politicians who provide answers to our emails without us providing all your personal contact details.

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The NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner in action 4

A summary of this post: No one knows better than the Andrew Brooks of this world that, with Ms Sue Dawson and her people at the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission regulating the health care professions in NSW, (Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha!) Medical Practitioners in NSW can almost literally get away with murder.

One of our readers reports that he was referred to Dr Andrew Brooks, Urologist, for help with the fact that he was having to get up 2 or 3 times a night to urinate, which made it hard to get a good nights sleep – often referred to as “the frequency problem,” and which is said to be quite common in seniors.

It turns out that there are two very different explanations for this problem.

One is that the patient’s bladder, although still of a more normal size, say 350 mls in capacity, has become weaker, so it doesn’t empty itself properly during urination, there’s perhaps 100 to 150 mls of urine left in the bladder, so it starts taking less and less time before it’s full again.

The other explanation is that partial blockages of the urinary tract have meant that the bladder has had to work harder during urination over the years, so it’s become more muscular and smaller in capacity – say down to about 200 mls in capacity.

Brooks pitched the second explanation, saying that on this basis the problem could be fixed by carrying out an operation on the patient, called a TURP operation, in which the partial blockages in the urinary tract were cleared, and that if this was done, his bladder would gradually get back to more normal size, certainly within 3 to 6 months. (By the way, we’ve never heard of anyone, other than Brooks, giving this explanation.)

So the capacity of the patient’s bladder became crucial – which was it in his case? About 350 mls or about 200 mls? Brooks had his nurse carry out an assessment of this – for which the charge was much higher than a proper Urologist would have charged – and of course she backed up Brooks’ explanation.

Our reader says that Brooks has refused to provided him with a copy of his nurses report, even though repeated requests have been made, and even though by law he has to provide it.

When repeated requests for copies of the records, to which the reader was entitled to, emailed to Brooks, and were ignored, Brooks’ famous explanation to the NSW Privacy Commissioner, was that the email address on his website was set up so that, emails from patients were “weeded out” and he didn’t receive them. To which the Privacy Commissioner responded along the lines of, “Oh yes! Assoc. Prof Brooks, that’s a perfectly acceptable explanation as to why you didn’t respond to those emails,” – this when our technology advisers tell us that it’s not possible for email addresses to be set up in this way, when the copies of the emails were also sent to Brooks’ email address on the Sydney University’s website which wouldn’t have been set up in this way, and that when the email address on his website was used to send an email seeking details as to how his $3,2oo fee for less than an hours’ work were to be paid, it was responded to within minutes.

And even when Brooks acknowledged that he’d received the requests, copies of various documents were provided, but never of his nurse’s report – repeated requests to the Privacy Commissioner to get him to provide a copy of this report were ignored.

Where do governments keep finding such useless people to fill these important positions.

So our reader says that, trusting Brooks and the GP who’d referred him to him, he had the TURP operation. As well as involving him in having a full operation anaesthetic, which always has it’s risks, in 2 uncomfortable days in hospital, expenditure of over six thousand dollars, including Brooks’ fee of $3,2oo for less than an hours work, even after Medicare rebates, and even Brooks himself acknowledged in writing some 4 or 5 months later that our reader still had the frequency problem, AND it left him damaged for life in a quite distressing way.

As all males would know, a significant part of the pleasure of having organisms is the feeling of their semen being ejaculated through their penises, and this NEVER happens after TURP operations – the semen goes up into the bladder. This is not something that TURP operations cause sometimes – they always cause it, AND it’s irreversible, it’s for life. Our reader says that every 12 to 18 months he writes to other Urologists asking if a way has yet been found to reverse – and so far he’s always got a negative response.

We’ve set out above our readers’s side of the story, which has been emailed to Brooks so often asking for his side of the story. Has a response ever been received? Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha!

To complete the story.

Our reader says he’s never bothered to make a complaint about any of this to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner who’s supposed to prevent Medical Practitioners from getting away with this sort of thing – Hah hah hah ha! Hah hah hah ha! Hah hah hah ha! Because, from past experience with Commissioner Dawson and her people, he knows exactly what would happen – despite having nothing in writing from the reader, Brooks would claim that he explained this inevitable consequence , (What else could he say?) Oh yeah! So the reader had said that he didn’t mind have his sex life largely diminished for the rest of his life, so long as it perhaps saved him from getting up 1 or 2 extra times during the night to go to the toilet. And Dawson would believe Brooks and dismiss the reader’s side of the story, because, in such circumstances, she has a track record of ALWAYS believing doctors and NEVER believing patients – doctors always have the last laugh! And Dawson knows that the Gladys Berejiklians of this world don’t care and the Brad Hazzard of this world don’t care. And no one knows better than the Andrew Brooks of this world that Medical Practitioners in NSW can almost literally get away with murder.

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Wetness and Itchiness around the anus – treatment for

A SUMMARY OF THIS POST: It tells of how one of our readers claims to have seen 4 different GPs and 2 Specialists for help with a particular problem, and underwent treatments that could have cost taxpayers thousands of dollars, all to no avail – and then, himself, worked out a treatment which costs less than one cent and takes less than 2 seconds each time, and which he’s been using for more than 20 years to his entire satisfaction.

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The NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner in action 3

A summary of this post: Can Ms Sue Dawson, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner, make any sense of what’s in her own Annual Report???

On 19 Feb. 2020, this email was sent to Ms Sue Dawson, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner, with a copy to Brad Hazzard, the NSW Minister for Health.

We’ll let you know if we get a response. Our guess is that we’ll never get one – because Ms Dawson won’t be able to make any sense of the HCCC Annual Report, her own Annual Report, which she’s signed off on.

A 8 Mar. 2020 update: On 25 Feb. 2020, the 2 Mar. 2020, and today, i.e. 8 Mar. 2020, further emails were sent to each of them, enquiring, “I’m wondering if you got this email?” So far, all we’ve got are automated acknowledgements. Is the claim that “82 prosecutions against medical practitioners” were settled in 2018-2019 true?

An 11 Mar. 2020 update: Yesterday this was received in an email from the HCCC, authored by a Paul Spink.

It was responded to with this, with copies to Sue Dawson and David Barwell:-

We’ll let you know if we get any responses.

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The NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner in action 2

Over the years we’ve spent a fair bit of our precious time on posts about the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission.

If you send Sue Dawson, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner, an email, as we have just done, on 25 Feb. 2020, part of the automated response you get is this.

That the Commission “acts to protect public health and safety by dealing with complaints about health service providers in NSW” is one of the claims that are always being made.

Our reason for working on and putting up these postsds is to try make people aware of the fact, (and it still seems that there are many who are still not aware of it,) that Ms Dawson and her people are completely and utterly ineffective in protecting their health and safety.

As we’ve mentioned, according to it’s own figures, the HCCC gets about 200 complaints a month about NSW Medical Practitioners alone, yet how many does it find have provided patients with less than satisfactory treatment in any particular month? – in terms of their own media releases, about one!!!?? The other 199 complainants are told they have nothing to complain about. And that one is never a prominent Medical Practioner, never an Associate Professor, for instance. And the findings are always based on treatments that were provided 3 to 5 years ago. And quite often the Medical Practioner concerned, at the time the complaint was being investigated, was no longer registered to practice medicine anyway.

What more is there left to say?

The fact is that NSW Medical Practitioners can almost get away with murder, literally, can do more damage to their patients than thugs in the street, with nothing ever happening to them – and no one knows this better than the Medical Practitioners themselves.

People, we’ve got to do our own research! It’s madness not to.

The only good news is that modern technology has made the carrying out of this research a hundred times easier than it’s ever been.

By the way, we’re not down on Medical Practioners in particular – the same can be said about just about every class of people we have to deal with in trying to live our lives successfully.

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WebMD – dealing with

If we go to the WebMD website, by clicking on www.webmd.com, one of the things we’ll be taken to is this.

What interests us most in this is this sentence – “We regret that we can’t give you medical advice or answer individual medical and pharmaceutical questions through email, but we hope you’ll find answers within our site.” Why? Because, to us, that’s exactly what we, the people, want most – answers to our individual medical and pharmaceutic questions through email!

WebMD, and other organisations like them, seem interested, very, in signing us up to receive their daily emails, in advertising various products, in promoting various articles, and so on and so on – but NOT in answering our individual medical and pharmaceutical questions through email???!!!

To us, arising out of all this is this question which has us absolutely fascinated – Why isn’t WebMD in the business of providing answers to individual medical and pharmaceutical questions, as well as all the other things they’re into?

Also, a GP once told us that, in his opinion, he was at his peak when he’d been a doctor for 3 years – because when he’d been a doctor for 3 years, he had 3 years of experience, but what he’d learnt in Med School was starting to be out of date. And that was 30 to 40 years ago, when knowledge on medical matters wasn’t advancing as quickly as it seems to be in 2020.

Another doctor told us once that he’d read that, on an average, it took 17 years for medical breakthroughs to become common medical practice!

And after at least 30 years during which Low Dose Naltrexone has been more and more talked about as one of the 5 most significant medical breakthroughs in human history, perhaps the most significant, despite extensive searching recently, we’ve only been able to find the names of 3 doctors in the whole of Australia who are advising on it and prescribing it – 2 in Queensland, and 1 on the south coast of NSW, more than 200 kms from Sydney.

We’ve been working on these things for nearly 12 years now, never worked so hard, and to us, the answer to these things has been becoming clearer and clearer – something which we were reluctant to accept at first – and that it that, we, the people, in general, are too slack in looking after our health. Even those in the Medical Profession are too slack in seeking out answers to their individual medical and pharmaceutical questions. In a word, providing the latest and best answers to medical and pharmaceutical questions doesn’t pay, isn’t a worthwhile occupation.

Readers, do you know of people – it has to be people, not organisations – anywhere in the whole wide world, this, when they can be anywhere in the whole wide world, and they can be keeping up-to-date themselves by constantly searching the internet, who are in the business of providing answers to individual medical and pharmaceutical questions by email, not the WebMDs of this world, who are into everything but this. If so, we’d love to know their details, for ourselves, and for sharing with other readers.

That, we, the people, in general, are like they are, is no reason why you and I should be like that.

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The NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner in action 2.

Forty or fifty years ago, someone gave us this advice, which we’ve always remembered – “If you want to know what someone is like, get them to write something down.” And with modern technology doing this is so easy – just send them an email.

One of our readers reports that, in a face-to-face consultation with a doctor, the doctor left something of great importance out, which he was only told about by another doctor some 17 months later, by which time he could have been quite badly affected, although luckily, it seems, he wasn’t. And when he made a complaint about this to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, how did he get on?

He was told, “It’s all your fault! The doctor says that he told you to take not the slightest notice of what he’d told you, and, that, as soon as you left your consultation with him you should have sought the opinion of others. You have no basis for a complaint.”

(We’re always saying Sue Dawson and her people are geniuses at coming up with excuses for doctors!)

And when the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner, Sue Dawson, was emailed reporting this, pointing out how stupid it was, the email wasn’t even acknowledged, let alone responded to.

Another of our readers reports that, when he complained, that, amongst other things, a doctor hadn’t responded to one of his emails, one of the HCCC people responded with, “It’s all your fault! The doctor didn’t get your email because you used the wrong email address. You should have used the email address available from the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency. (AHPRA.) You have no basis for a complaint!” But when AHPRA was emailed about this, they advised, firstly, that they didn’t have an email address for the doctor, and secondly, that they had no idea what the HCCC person was talking about.

And when the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner, Sue Dawson, was emailed reporting this, with a copy to the HCCC person concerned, the email wasn’t even acknowledged by either of them, let alone responded to.

So now we know what Sue Dawson is like, what happens next? It would seem that, at least, while Gladys Berejiklian remains the NSW Premier and Brad Hazzard remains the NSW Minister for Health, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

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Being on Low Dose Naltrexone

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A New Type of Professional

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The “frequency problem” – having to get up 2 or 3 times during the night to urinate

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