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  1. Oh my goodness. Cllr. Doddy is a Bramcote Councillor.

    As this has now gone public, I think we should be told who the councillor is that has been approved to restand despite the “findings in relation to an important complaint.”

    1. Indeed Steve. I think that as a non-aligned constituent I deserve to be informed about ALL our candidates (warts and all) who want me to entrust the spending of my money, and in many cases my well-being to them, so that I can make an informed decision. After all, if a councillor is considered by their own party to be:- Incompetent, Useless, or Untrustworthy then I think we deserve to know before we vote.

  2. Not just my emails that get ignored then.

    As one of my County Councillors I have emailed Councillor Doddy (and John Londgon) and never once had a single response.

    I have asked to be considered for funding via the £5,000 Division Fund (both) County Councillors receive, and again been ignored completely.

    I have asked several times (again both County Councillors) to support a request to Nottinghamshire County Council for funding towards Stapleford Remembers and again ignored on all occasions meaning we have lost out on funding opportunities.

    I have sent many emails to Highways at County Council about a whole load of issues and in the replies County Councillors are (both) copied in. And again I have never once had a response from (either of the) County Councillors.

    Stapleford Traffic and Transport Working Group, none of the County Councillors are have ever attended any of the meetings. Same with CAT meetings too.

    Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan, no response to emails and none attendance at any meetings.

    It makes me wonder what exactly do the County Councillors do.

    Over the years I have emailed our MP on many occasions and always received a reply, many times even a personal phone call. I have received nothing but help and support and advice from our MP. I sadly can’t say that about our County Councillors.

    And the last part of the reply from our MP, I think the Councillor in question needs to be named as the public deserve to know who they could be voting for.

    On a last note has anyone ever read the article about the day in the life of a GP. I will post it below.

    A day in the life of your new Stapleford County Councillor, Dr John Doddy. Which leads me to the question, when will he have time to be your County Councillor. 

    http://m.nottinghampost.com/dr-john-doddy-nottingham-gp-s-day/story-20065368-detail/story.html

    IN light of the recent suggestions that GPs have had it easy since 2004 – when we lost 24-hour responsibility for care – and the implication from Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, that if we worked a bit harder GPs could lighten the load on A&Es, I looked at a recent day’s work.

    I arrived at surgery at 7.10am, signed copious letters and prescriptions, and prepared for my first patient at 7.30am. Many GPs in Nottingham have “extended hours” and start early or finish late (ie, offering appointments before 8am or after 6.30pm).

    At 8am I monitored the demand for appointments and added three extras, to bring my morning clinic to 20 patients. I finished at 11.30am, went straight to a home visit, then returned for 12 midday and signed more letters and prescriptions, then answered a page of messages and then went straight to a meeting to discuss terminally-ill patients with the palliative care team. We talk about helping a newly-diagnosed cancer patient, arrange a night sitter for another and discuss how to help a struggling husband cope with his dying wife by developing a package of care. Twelve terminally-ill patients are discussed in detail and interventions and care support agreed. This is followed by a review of our frequent attenders at A&E and those at risk of unplanned hospital admissions.

    At 2.15pm, just as the meeting finishes, I start my afternoon surgery. Seventeen patients are seen and I finish at 5.35pm. More paperwork, including 10 referral letters, 30 prescriptions involving 87 items, 15 hospital letters signed and 20 blood tests reviewed. In all, 83 prescriptions covering 177 items have been checked and signed over during the day.

    At 6.15pm I leave the surgery to visit a frail elderly man with a suspected urinary tract infection. I am delighted to be met by the Red Cross team who are providing personal care over the coming days so we can maintain the patient in his home and avoid unnecessary admission.

    Home at 6.50pm after nearly 12 hours’ continuous work, sustained by a cup of coffee on the go and half a sandwich with the nurses at a meeting. This is what being a family doctor is all about. One day, the way the system is going, you will wake up and it will all be gone. Replaced by texts, Skype and an impersonal service, crushed by over-demand and failure to recognise the great contribution GPs make – looking after more than 90% of all healthcare contact for less than 9% of the overall budget – to our daily lives.

    This was not one of my busiest days, just an average day. If Jeremy Hunt thinks GPs have extra capacity, that they can absorb much of the work of A&Es and outpatients, and care for the increasing elderly population in their own homes, and then expand this care for a full seven days, then he needs to come and spend a day with me; or GPs of my age will be rushing for the exit door of early retirement.

  3. I was hoping to hear a response from Bramcote Councillor Martin Plackett as he often comments on this website. Either in support of his MP or siding with Councillor Doddy. Would be interesting to hear his views.

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