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    Doctor refused to treat child after mum couldn't pay - Independent.ie

    Seems a bit harsh to me. Clearly he may be an arsehole and every service provider should expect that in these straitened times a lot of work will be pro bono, whether that be considered part of the social contract or simply good karma. But surprised that it is grounds for a misconduct charge.

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    Bizarre story. I can't imagine a doctor arriving on the scene of a RTA looking for forty Euro to treat someone trapped inside a crushed car.

    If it's as the mother says, the bugger should be struck off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewGoldDream View Post
    Doctor refused to treat child after mum couldn't pay - Independent.ie

    Seems a bit harsh to me. Clearly he may be an arsehole and every service provider should expect that in these straitened times a lot of work will be pro bono, whether that be considered part of the social contract or simply good karma. But surprised that it is grounds for a misconduct charge.
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    the bit the piqued my interest was that in, from reading the report, a "he daid, she said" situation, that they found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. of it was me with that evidence id be appealling the finding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
    Turns out he was Swedish. Is he here as a refugee from Swedish socialism, trying to make as much money as possible for himself ?
    in coolock?????
    "I like a bit of a cavort, I don't send 'em solicitor's letters. I apply a bit of pressure"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hewson View Post
    Bizarre story. I can't imagine a doctor arriving on the scene of a RTA looking for forty Euro to treat someone trapped inside a crushed car.

    If it's as the mother says, the bugger should be struck off.
    I suppose the question is where do you draw the line?
    Should the doctor treat everyone who turns up at his surgery and says they can't pay? In theory that's the implication.

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    The determining thing for me would be if it was an emergency, which does not appear to be case. here. If she went to a dentist with a toothache would same apply ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrusgumble View Post
    I understand that the doc has a business to run, and should not be forced into certain things

    but, in light of the age of the kid, and fear that such good deeds would attract more chancers, he could have given a discount (poxy €40 - i know it adds up, but come on) or even arranged payment by instalments or at least, send her to a colleage who would help rather than have her walk around aimlessly.

    Maybe it was to set an example, good PR in bad times. After all , many an old school doctor were known for good deeds

    I still have some sympathy for the doc, but also for the mother
    Yeah. I have little sympathy for him. It is still only €40.

    But it just seems strange that someone would be compelled to provide a free service or face misconduct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
    Turns out he was Swedish. Is he here as a refugee from Swedish socialism, trying to make as much money as possible for himself ?
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    Certainly sets a new precedent. Just show up at your doctor or dentist, and say you have no money. Refer to this bizarre judgement for free treatment if your either hesitates.

    It's also not as if an abscess is a life or death situation, such as a child being brought in who was is not breathing or with a stopped heart.

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