Articles and Case Studies

12 Days of Medico-legal Christmas

15 Nov 2017

by Ms Nerissa Ferrie

12 days of christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas my patient came to me

 

with a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 2nd day of Christmas my patient came to me

with a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 3rd day of Christmas my patient came to me

for a backdated sick note…
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 4th day of Christmas my patient came to me

for an early S8 script...
a backdated sick note,
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 5th day of Christmas my patient came to me

for a Centrelink certificate...
an early S8 script,
a backdated sick note,
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 6th day of Christmas my patient came to me

for a letter of support...
a Centrelink certificate,
an early S8 script,
a backdated sick note,
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 7th day of Christmas my patient came to me

with a delay in diagnosis...
a letter of support,
a Centrelink certificate,
an early S8 script,
a backdated sick note,
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 8th day of Christmas my patient came to me

with alcoholic poisoning...
a delay in diagnosis,
a letter of support,
a Centrelink certificate,
an early S8 script,
a backdated sick note,
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 9th day of Christmas my patient came to me

for an urgent mini-mental...
alcoholic poisoning,
a delay in diagnosis,
a letter of support,
a Centrelink certificate,
an early S8 script,
a backdated sick note,
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 10th day of Christmas my patient came to me

to complain about my colleague...
an urgent mini-mental,
alcoholic poisoning,
a delay in diagnosis,
a letter of support,
a Centrelink certificate,
an early S8 script,
a backdated sick note,
a last-minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.

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On the 11th day of Christmas my patient came to me

to whine about the gap fee...
a complaint about my colleague,
an urgent mini-mental,
alcoholic poisoning,
a delay in diagnosis,
a letter of support,
a Centrelink certificate,
an early S8 script,
a backdated sick note,
a last minute subpoena;
and a claim form and a sore knee.
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On the 12th day of Christmas my patients came to me

so I called MDA National,
detailed all my problems,
got some good advice,
organised a locum, and… 
took a break with my grateful family.

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A HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON TO YOU ALL!


Nerissa Ferrie
Medico-legal Adviser, MDA National

Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, General Practice, Intensive Care Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Practice Manager Or Owner, Psychiatry, Radiology, Sports Medicine, Surgery, Physician, Geriatric Medicine, Cardiology, Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Paediatrics, Independent Medical Assessor - IME
 

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