Articles and Case Studies

12 Days of Medico-legal Christmas

11 Dec 2018

by Ms Nerissa Ferrie

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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

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