I needed an appointment with my GP over a month ago. I was told there were no appointments available for two weeks.
I thought this was perhaps the time to move to a doctor closer to home. I had been thinking about doing this.
I went to the closest medical surgery and asked if they were able to take a new patient. Yes, that was perfectly okay.
So, I filled out a form. I was then told there were no vacancies for more than two weeks.
Having gone this far, I said okay. I had been in considerable new pain in my back and I had found the waiting very hard and getting worse.
It had occurred to me to go to A&E.
I had heard that it was very crowded and did not think I should go. So, I have waited over a month to see my new GP.
It occurs to me that the waiting times and crowds are not all caused by people abusing the service.
It's people who can't get service quickly. Perhaps the GPs need to look at their systems.
Cost not an issue
On November 19, 2010, that fateful day at Pike River, two devastating explosions sealed forever the fate of 29 souls.
It is for this reason among many we must find and give burial to the remains of the loved and sadly missed miners.
The cost of this operation must never be an issue and the prosecution of those responsible must never be set aside.
Insurance funding option
We often hear of the different emergency services needing funds - for example Coastguard, surf life saving, St John, rescue helicopters.
I suggest the person whose life has been saved has their life insurance company billed a percentage.
This would help so much with funding and fortunately because the life was saved the company has also made a saving.
For example, a person has a $1m policy, 10 per cent of that will give a boost to funds of $100,000.
A win-win for everyone.
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