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Onemunki says: We live in a world of genuine tragedy, starvation and terror. So, after hearing stories of cruise line passengers complaining at the air conditioning breaking down, what stories of sheer single-minded self-pity get your goat?

(, Thu 1 Mar 2012, 12:00)
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"I had to wait in A&E for 3 hours!" cried a ex-colleague of mine
She then complained about how this was a disgrace, and how she shouldn't have had to wait that long, and some guy went ahead of her because 'he was black' (Yes, she really was that ignorant). I just asked if she knew what the guy had gone in for, at which point she launches into a diatribe because all he had was a 'bleeding arm, it was bleeding all over the floor, it was mingin!'

Over time, it was steadily revealed that from the looks of it, this guy had a rather large wound in his arm, that was bleeding heavily, and he was rushed straight through, as it seemed he might faint. Her ailment? She'd gone in with a sore ankle.

So, the first world problem? This stupid bitch who fell over whilst pissed, complained that she was passed over in our FREE A&E department by a guy who was quite badly hurt.

I was so, so happy the day she was sacked.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 8:58, 8 replies)
Not to mention the fact that she was seen an hour faster than the national target waiting time...
...which not all A&Es manage to meet
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 9:05, closed)
I had to wait ten minutes with a sore shoulder once. Bloody disgrace.
It was actually quite bad, I nearly lost control of my car getting there due to the pain.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 10:45, closed)

(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 10:47, closed)
Why should we have to wait at all?
The amount of work is precisely the same whether the patient has waited thirty seconds or four hours. Or maybe they just hope that a significant proportion will die before treatment. It works for hip replacements, after all.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 10:55, closed)
Does that even actually make sense to you? Or did you just put words on a screen and get lucky that they nearly made a sentence?
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:19, closed)
by appointment only? Approved injuries only, I suppose?

Edit: on rereading, have you mixed up A&E, GP appointments, and Elective surgery?
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:23, closed)
Whut, now?
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 12:32, closed)
Free at the point of service.
It's not actually free, is it?
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:12, closed)

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