If you don't know what I am on about below, click here to see the news story. It seems it all began in 2008. It is now 2010.
Dr: Ms Jones, I am afraid that you have returned a positive result for Hepatitis C.
Ms J: How can that be Doctor? I am not a junkie. I've never taken drugs in my life, let alone with a syringe.
Dr: Ms Jones, it can be transmitted by any blood to blood contact.
Ms J: But Doctor, I have been coming to you for years. You know me. You know my family. You know my lifestyle. I haven't exchanged blood with anyone.
HD: Health Department, how can we help you?
Dr: I have a patient who has contracted Hep C. While I know people often deny a reason why they may contract such a disease, I am troubled by this case. I have known her a long time and she is just not the type. The only way that I can imagine is that if she has undergone surgery.
HD: Thank you Doctor. We will look into it in due course.
And time passes, a long time passes and then!!!
Never mind that Hep C is a notifiable disease and all cases should be investigated and I would assume on the form the question is asked as to how the disease was contracted. Had the patient undergone any surgery? If so, where and what procedure?
The above is of course something I just made up but what use are all the rules, regulations, procedures, notifications, publicly and privately funded organisations that have allowed this situation to arise? There is just no other word for it. Someone, or more than one, has fucked up big time. Now just watch while everyone rushes into self protection mode.