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We’re nearing a situation where the frailest and most vulnerable patients cannot access GP care because of their disability.
I had every sympathy with Edie’s GP and optician – it was a very strange symptom.
From 2015, there were mounting calls for the HPV vaccine to be administered to all children irrespective of gender, as is the case in Australia and the US.
It is estimated that in England alone, some 425,000 people have unsuspected atrial fibrillation.
Ten years ago I could get physiotherapy appointments in weeks; now people wait months. As we struggle to control their pain, patients frequently develop depression and anxiety.
Aggie’s twin sister had died a couple of months before. Initial grief had given way to sleeplessness and increasingly erratic behaviour.
“You’re allergic to something.” “I thought so,” she said. “But I haven’t changed my washing powder or anything.”
Doctors often have a sixth sense that the patient in front of them is in trouble. From my rush of alertness, I knew that carbonated pop definitely wasn’t responsible.
A typical doctor makes 10,000 decisions a year. But even the best will get things wrong at least 100 times. Can AI offer a solution to human error in medicine?
I’d been round many times over the past few months, after he suffered a stroke from which he was making a chequered recovery.