What a shame

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That patients can't openly comment on a doctor!! Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could rate your doctor on how you were talked to, treated and whether your doctor listened to you or not.... Quite scary, some doctors would have to sompletely re-assess their behaviour towards patients or lose their jobs!!

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    You can comment on a Doctor etc, on the NHS choices website smile
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    It needs to be more immediate than that. Yes you can comment on the NHS choices page but nothing happens, it would be great if you could do it in the surgery right after you had seen the GP!!
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    Most practices (I've encountered) have a comments and suggestions box, or you could always talk to the practice manager smile
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    Hi,

    You can take a voice recorder with you (secretly of course).

    I think, however, the best way is if you ask for a copy of your file (not immediately). That is a very interesting reading. That can be a written evidence about doctors' attitude toward their patients (disrespectful, sarcastic and subjective opinions). It can also prove that they did not do their best to investigate your problem. Check each of the laboratory test results too. Find a way to get a second professional opinion somewhere else (This is incredible difficult in the UK).

    However, before you write a formal complaint to the practice manager or the complaint manager, you should do the followings things:

    -do some research according to your symptoms and compare them with the information in your file

    -according to this diagnose yourself

    -collect enough strong evidences to support your diagnosis

    If it does not work, write and complain to the Public Service Ombutsman, not to the NHS.

    Although, this seems difficult, there is some hope. I was able to diagnose myself, although it took six years (!). I went to a private laboratory to ask for the right tests to support my complaint. I also asked for a copy of my file to prove that the GP persuaded the specialist not to take me seriously.

    Never accept without any evidence that you have underlying psychological problems. Never take anxiety medicines or anti-depressants if not a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist offer it after proper investigation. GPs and other type of professionals are very superficial and their duty is to save money and deter patients.

    Good luck!

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    No, you CANNOT secretly record anyone, its illegal and cannot be used as evidence in this country, you have to ask if you can record.
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