Medical Error Interviews
Donna Penner: Every surgery patients nightmare: Awake during surgery. “Scalpel please”. And the anesthesiologist has left the OR.

Donna Penner: Every surgery patients nightmare: Awake during surgery. “Scalpel please”. And the anesthesiologist has left the OR.

June 13, 2019

Donna Penner was having routine surgery but something went horribly wrong and  through the failure of her anesthesiologist - Donna was awake during her abdominal surgery, but also paralyzed so she couldn’t tell the surgical team. Donna could feel every excruciating scalpel cut, and the surgeon moving her internal organs around.  

 

In torturous pain, and suffocating through lack of oxygen, Donna resigns herself to death and mentally says good bye to her family. But the surgeon notices Donna’s heart rate is very rapid and she can hear him ask the anesthesioligist why Donna is in distress. 

 

Donna feels a sense of relief that the surgeon has noticed and that she is about to be saved from death. But then she hears the nurse reply that the anesthesiologist has left the operating room. 

 

The surgery continues, the excruciating pain continues, the suffocating continues - as death nears, Donna has an out of body experience and is immersed in warmth and safety and she welcomes its sweet embrace.

 

But death does not come in that moment, and Donna finds herself in her body again - with the pain and suffering.

 

But the medical errors do not end there - as the surgery ends Donna can’t believe she has survived, but her breathing tube is removed prematurely and Donna’s paralyzed body cannot breathe on its own and she starts to suffocate again - the nurse yells at Donna to breathe, but she can’t….

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I wish I could say Donna’s trauma from the medical system ended after the botched surgery, but as you are about to hear, Donna’s experience with a system designed to protect physicians and undermine patient victims adds another layer of trauma onto her life.

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SHOW NOTES - TIME STAMPED

0:04:40

Donna grew up on a farm in Manitoba, Canada, middle child of 3, cows, dogs, cats, hogs - very happy childhood - raised to be responsible, honest, hard working, good values and qualities - parents did a good job

0:07:20

Donna's health care error started several years ago when she had abdominal pain and went to the local clinic - kept for 24 hours they didn't know what was going on - but transferred Donna to another hospital - had laproscopic surgery scheduled

0:08:10

Donna has had surgeries before, anasthetic before no problem - but feeling anxious this time and asked for sedative and was refused - the first thing that went wrong - taken to operating room (OR) and prepped for surgery - anesthesiologist said to Donna take a deep breath and Donna 'was out'.

0:09:15

The next thing she remembers is waking up and hearing sounds in the OR and thinking 'good it's over' and know I can feel relaxed and don't need to feel nervous any more' - and then the surgeon spoke and what he said haunts Donna to this day: "Scalpel please." - then Donna felt the first incision - excruciating pain, beyond description

0:10:25

Donna tries to alert surgeon and staff that she is awake and tried to scream - but couldn't open her mouth - couldn't sit up - realized she's paralyzed by the paralytic medication used for abdominal surgery - so the anasthesia did not take effect, but the paralytic did - Donna could not scream or move but could hear her heart rate on the monitor as it sky rocketed to 147 according to the surgeon (later) - Donna starts to panic - trapped in body and couldn't do anything.

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0:12:00

As Donna heart rate quickens, she needs to breath faster to supply more oxygen but she couldn't take a breath because she was intubated (tube in her throat to ventilator that breathes for her) - but the ventilator set at 7 breathes per minute, but what Donna needed was much more - so she felt like she was suffocating

0:13:40

"She's in distress, she's in distress" surgeon says, asks anasthesiologist what's wrong - a nurse replies that the anasthesiologist is not in the OR anymore and doesn't know where he is - Donna panic increases - surgeon tells the nurse to find the anasthesiologist immediately - Donna's hears the nurse leave the OR - after what felt like an eternity, anesthesiologist returns - Donna feels relieved that he will realize she's not unconscious and will save her from the pain

0:15:15

That did not happen - anesthesiologist gave her another medication via IV, but did not make Donna go back to sleep - for the next 90 minutes Donna felt the surgery happen - insertion of instruments into her abdomen, exploring, she could her the surgeon comment as he looked at her appendix, kidneys, colon - the whole time Donna is experiencing excruciating pain while he pushes her organs around

0:16:25

Donna hears the surgeon exclaim that there is a lot of blood, and this is not good - Donna continues to panic and wonders why they are not noticing she's in trouble - Donna didn't think she was going to live through it - the pain was so bad she thought she was going to die - this is every surgery patients nightmare 

0:17:35

Donna thought about her kids, her husband and worried that if she died they would never know what her last few hours of life were like, the pain and torture - Donna resigns herself to death and says her mental good byes to her family - and ask God to take her away from the agony and pain of surgery.

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0:18:45

Surgery ends and Donna feels relief that she survived the surgery, but she's still in an immense amout of pain - Donna notices she can mover her tongue a little bit as paralytic wears off - starts to wiggle breathing tube in her mouth to get their attention - anesthesiologist noticed and he removed the tube from her throat - but Donna is still paralyzed and cannot breathe and starts to suffocate and realizes she's about to die - the nurse starts telling Donna to breathe, but Donna cannot breathe

0:20:45

Something amazing happens - Donna has an out of body experience - she could hear OR sounds, voices - in a place somewhere between heaven and earth - Donna could feel a presence and felt it was God with her - her fear left, the pain was gone, it was warm and she felt safe and protected - Donna smiles when she thinks of this - at this point she knew she would be okay whether she lived or she died

0:22:20

Donna prayed and asked God to take her - she heard a voice that said she would be okay - that was reassuring - Donna gets very emotional when she thinks of that - Donna hears the anesthesiologist say 'bag her, bag her' and put a mask on her face to force air into her lungs - immediate relief with oxygen - lungs were on fire - anesthesiologist gave her another injection, a paralytic reversal and within a few minutes Donna started to regain movement

0:24:35

Donna moves her head side to side to get their attention - nurse asks anesthesiologist why Donna is doing this, anesthesiologist says he doesn't know

0:25:00

"I was awake, I felt him cut me" were the first words Donna was able to speak - 2 nurses and anesthesiologist in room, but they had shocked look - Donna repeated herself and told them what she heard during the surgery - but 2 nurses and anesthesiologist did not say a word - Donna realized they were not going to even acknowledge what she had said, a wall of silence went up

0:26:35

Donna asks for husband Brian but he was not allowed until Donna was in recovery room and tells him immediately what happened - Brian tells nurse they want to speak to anesthesiologist immediately - nurse says anesthesiologist has already left the hospital - Brian says 'I don't care, you go find him, bring him here' - a while later the anesthesiologist walks into Donna's room

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0:27:50

anesthesiologist has papers in his hand with portable table and shuffled papers - did not make eye contact with Donna or Brian - Donna tells him her experience - anesthesiologist shrugged his shoulders and said 3 words "It happens sometimes" and left the room - Donna and Brian shocked 

0:29:30

Scott says 'invalidated trauma deepens trauma' - Donna says it is secondary harm - just as traumatizing as original trauma itself - felt like she didn't matter, no big deal for anesthesiologist - Brian asked for surgeon - Donna told surgeon her experience, he held her hand as she spoke with tears in his eyes and said he was sorry this happened and we will get you help to get through this and do an investigation - but the nurse did not acknowledge or offer words of comfort or kindness

0:31:40

Donna went home that day and that night the nightmares started - the surgeon called the next day to check how Donna was doing - she spoke to him several times over the next few weeks - Regiona Health Authority (RHA) was notified and Donna was in therapy 2 weeks later and diagnosed with complex post traumatic stress 

0:33:10

3 weeks later Donna asked for an interview by RHA for an investigation and asked her to meet with them at the hospital where the trauma occurred - they did care how the location of the meeting would impact Donna - one of the worst things they could've done - Donna says they have changed this practice since

0:35:45

Donna does RHA interview and doesn't hear from them at all - Donna went back to work to use as a distraction and to feel 'normal' - 3 months later Donna is scheduled for a hysterectomy surgery - she struggles with PTSD and the need for more surgery - still no word from RHA, Donna contacts VP of medical services to talk - Donna had to reach out, when RHA should have been following up

0:38:00

Donna is given a contact at RHA for any of her questions - but Donna is just given the run around - Donna realizes that is futile and goes directly to VP with her questions - as time went on, Donna was able to get some information - many things wrong - Donna very mistrustful as her next surgery approaches at different hospital - but she needed the surgery - they gave her a spinal anesthesia instead - But Donna does wake up half way through surgery and turns to the anesthesiologist and says 'just checking to make sure you're here' - that surgery went well

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0:39:50

Donna told by RHA she would get a report of her medical error - Brian did a lot of research about anesthesilogy and standard of care and found that anesthesiologists are never to leave the OR - "crictical incident" report to be sent to Manitoba health and Donna keeps asking for it and given the run around - finally after many, many months of trying to get a report she finds out that it was not recorded as a 'critical incident' because the patient had reported the error, therefore labeled a 'complaint' - only when staff report an error is a 'critical incident' report filed

0:42:20

No critical incident report filed because the patient made them aware of the error - the system is set up to help providers, not to protect the patient - Donna asked for internal report - and again given the run around - Donna meets with Theresa Oswald Provincial Minister of Health - Oswald says she will get the report for Donna - about 3 weeks later Donna get a copy

0:44:20

But the report is only 1.5 pages and has only 3 bullet points recommendations to improve safety - Donna cried because so disappointed - the report did not mention the effect on Donna, it did not admit a mistake was made, it was very vague - Donna asked again to meet with VP and with CEO of Hospital and confronts them with their own weak report and threw it on the desk and said 'you have to do better' - the report did not address what went wrong with Donna's surgery - they admit there were actually 3 more recommendations that they did not share with Donna 

0:46:30

Donna demands to see the full recommendations - they were 'a joke', ludicrous, ridiculous, a shame they didn't learn anything from their medical error - then Donna learns that another report had been sent to Manitoba health - Donna has tried for years to get that report but the goverment has legislation that protects medical providers and does not allow public access to reports - 11 years later Donna still doesn't know what went wrong during her surgery

0:49:40

Donna knew early on she had to share her story to bring awareness - "need to tell my story, need people to know what happened to me" - contact with CPSI (Canadian Patient Safety Institute) with their Patients for Patient Safety Canada group - other patients or surviving family members, common factor is all have been harmed by medical system, and all have desire to change the system - through this group Donna started advocating and tell her story publicly - as time went on, HRA became less interested in Donna sharing her story publicly

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0:52:50

Donna made a video with PPSC for HRA to use to make the process works to support the patient harmed by medical error - Donna wanted to share beyond her region - contacted Head of anesthesiologist at university and Donna invited to speak to medical students about her experience - travels to share with different medical conferences, nursing students - healing and empowering to do advocacy - making meaning out of horrible event

0:58:00

Husband Brian a solid support over the years - Donna worked for 2 years but was not dealing with the trauma - did not want to go on medical leave for PTSD, but had no choice - still has flashbacks, nightmares, memory problems - still struggles every single day

1:00:40

"I was surviving, I wasn't living" - Donna tells Brian she doesn't want to live any more - asks Brian to hide her medication - Donna wants to escape the pain - the darkest day she had - but has struggled with suicidal thoughts - but children and grand children are reasons to live and first grand child helped with wanting to live

1:05:00

Donna advises other medical error victims is to talk about it - therapist warns that some family and friends and co-workers will get tired of hearing about it, but to keep sharing with others - best advice she's ever received - but also has received negative feedback and judgment from family, friends, co-workers who do not understand PTSD or mental health and have accussed Donna of faking it

1:07:00

Donna persists in sharing and raising awareness of medical physical and mental harm - the more we share, the more people can learn - let people know how devastating medical error can be - some days feels like beating her head against a wall with frustration with the uphill battle of advocacy

1:09:00

There are days when she feels like giving up with advocacy - cried many tears - maybe time to move onto something else - feels like a loss, betrayed, abandoned - "I will not be silenced" - Donna will continue to share her story and not hide from the culture of silence - not an easy road - continues to receive therapy because of medical error - Donna continues to pay the price for someone else's error - dealing with unwanted change is the hardest change

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1:12:40

There are people who listen and want to change the system so it is safer for patients - there are good people, not all are narcissists - Donna focuses on those who can make change happen, listen to patients, and learn from horrific mistakes - system allowed bad behaviours against standard of care, and allowed it to continue and that is why Donna was harmed

1:13:50

Surgeon said 'I hate it when he leaves the OR, it puts more pressure on me to monitor the patient' - so the hospital knew this was happening and against standards of care and allowed it to continue to happen until Donna got hurt - they shouldn't wait until there is harm to make changes

1:15:15

Donna has had to have multiple surgeries since and it is very difficult to trust the system that hurt you, and the people in those same positions, although at different hospital - takes courage - finds vast majority of doctors and nurses are good people, but a few bad apples can ruin it 1:17:20

Donna wonders what would've happened if she had of died on the operating table, would any one have known what she went through and things would've continued - using her survival as meaning making because there are bad behaviours - 1:18:15Who are the real experts in medicine?' - it is not the doctors or nurses - patients are the experts in their own care - doctors need to get off their pedestals - Donna tells medical students: don't confuse your 1 hour of training in PTSD with my 11 years of living with it

1:19:40

It is a hard story to hear - Donna tells it like it is because people need to hear - we need to educate people on patient safety - the momentum of patient safety advocates is great to see

1:20:38 END 

 

 

 

Gregory Hartley Brewer - Whistleblower of a medical cover up - Lyme symptoms dismissed, treatment denied, years of illness, criminal behaviour

Gregory Hartley Brewer - Whistleblower of a medical cover up - Lyme symptoms dismissed, treatment denied, years of illness, criminal behaviour

May 31, 2019
Gregory Hartley Brewer, from Bath in the United Kingdom shares his long battle to get a diagnosis for his Lyme-like symptoms, and then trying to access proper treatment once diagnosed with Lyme many years later.
 
But he is now embroiled in a long battle with the health care system as they try to cover up their missed diagnosis mistake and protect the doctors that not only denied Gregory medical care, but may have behaved in a criminal manner in conspiring to cover up their medical error.
 
But he has not given up: hear how Gregory is taking on the Goliath that is the United Kingdom health care system and exposing their attempts to hide a medical error that has morphed into much more serious and potentially criminal behaviour.
 
SHOW NOTES - TIME STAMPED
 
:04:00
Gregory, early 50s, born in Birmingham, UK - moved to States as a kid for a few years - back to London, then Bath - happy childhood, middle class upbringing - more sporty then academic - found drinking, girls and smoking so didn't go to university - bar, nightclub work - still looking for niche - loved helping people in community job
:06:30
2005 Gregory get bitten by tic in backyard, but he's unaware of the existence of Lyme - rash and flu like aches - April 2005 collapsed with stabbing pain in chest chest, 'like being stabbed with a knife", thought he was dying - within a week went to the doctor and was diagnosed with hyperlipidemia, aka high cholesterol and triglycerides - couple of weeks later to another physician in same clinic and recounts rash and flu like symptoms - doctor says that sounds like Lyme, but it can't be Lyme because you're not seriously ill
:07:45
A few weeks later he returns to doctor to say he thinks he has Lyme and she get angry and said he couldn't have Lyme because he's not seriously ill - Gregory believes her - in retrospect she was protecting her misdiagnosis that was only 4 weeks old - this is how uttterly their reputations come before patient treatment and safety - Gregory asks for Lyme testing, she refuses
:08:55
Realizes some of his doctor appointment notes are missing out of his file, thought it was strange but had faith that the doctors knew what they were doing and there can't be a nefarious reason for that
 
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:09:20
He worsens with Lyme symptoms: Peripheral neuropathy, palpitations / pericarditis, chest pain, anxiety from encephalopathy, low grade meningitis, headaches, sore shoulders - by 2008 in bad shape, reticent to raise Lyme disease for fear of denigrating and angry reaction - symptoms cause big impact on his social life, went from very social to feeling too anxious and stopped going out, lost friends from isolation
:11:40
Gregory feeling anxious but not depressed, but no external anxiety trigger - no rhyme or reason when anxiety came - now knows it was bacteria impacting his brain - describes peripheral neuropathy in his legs - pain, squeezing, crushed and wants to explode - due to nerves being attacked by bacteria - may last minutes or hours, no rhyme or reason, sometimes hurts to walk - puzzling as to what is happening in his body, vacillates seeing doctors because they looked at him like a bloody idiot - by 2008 the doctor must have known these were Lyme symptoms - only 3 GPs in this clinic
:15:20
2009 bitten again by a tic in his field and sees rash on the inside of his arm - its a Sunday so Gregory went to health center, diagnosed Lyme immediately and given one week supply of doxycycline, but later finds out he should have been given 2 weeks according to the National Institute of Clincal Excellence (NICE) guidelines at the time - doctor sent note to his GP about Gregory's Lyme diagnosis - about 9 months later symptoms worsen again, returns to his GP and is again denigrated and dismissed
:16:20
GP says just because you had Lyme disease and it wasn't properly treated, doesn't mean you have it now - Gregory asks why their multiple discussions about Lyme disease are not in his medical file and the GP says she decides what goes into his medical file - Gregory requests that she make a note about his Lyme diagnosis in his file, she threatens to fire him as a patient if he keeps saying he has Lyme - turns out there is no mention of Lyme in his medical file from 2005 to 2014
:19:20
GP didn't want Lyme in his notes because it would come back and bite her - willful lack of insight about his symptoms - negligent since 2009 for failure to test and treat - switches to different doctor, and this doctor also says Gregory's symptoms are not Lyme - even though Bath high risk is endemic area there are no signs any where - Public Health England is responsible for responding to Lyme disease stopped Bath public heath from putting up signs after secret study found high concentration of tics in Bath area - without public signs Gregory wasn't aware Lyme in his area, mixed with phsycians who are Lyme illiterate - many, many patients sick but not diagnosed - a national scandal
 
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:22:15
Lots of known unknowns about Lyme - NICE just changed guidelines saying that Lyme relapse can happen, and can access 4 more weeks of treatment - but lots of patients misdiagnosed and not diagnosed - but found new GP in March 2016 who is treating him well - gets 2 or 3 courses of antibiotics a year to manage, but not cure, his Lyme
:23:40
In 2018 Gregory gets Macular Erythema on his hand, a sign of systemic disease, but if not for that sign, he wouldn't be able to get a Lyme diagnosis - about 300 GPs in UK treating long term Lyme sufferers outside NICE guidelines - lots of Lyme patients don't get treatment
 
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:25:35
Lots of UK people get tested positive for Lyme in Europe labs but testing in UK finds Lyme negative - UK relies heavily on testing and not on clinical symptoms - Gregory contends that since Lyme testing is unreliable and inconsistent, that clinical symptoms should be used to diagnose - also because a person can test positive for Lyme and not have any symptoms because they've produced antibodies to the Lyme - can also have no antibodies and still have Lyme because the body did not produce antibodies - ELISA and Western Blot tests - a scandal in the UK as thousands have Lyme symptoms but no treatment - central Europe is better at treating :28:15
Gregory thinks when a doctor doesn't know what to do when a patient tells them one thing and testing the opposite, they fall back onto science (testing) - and it is very poor in Lyme disease - NICE guidelines basically say we have no confidence in what we're proposing, but we need to propose something - because doctors can't see symptoms they will attribute to another illness or give the patient a psychological diagnosis - Rob Hackett Australian medic on twitter wants aviation standards in medicine - Gregory re-tweeted Scott's tweet about a black box in the operating room
:30:20
Hackett studies patient safety - bystander effect, ego, reputation - in Gregory's case it was ego that prevented the physicians from admitting they were wrong, thereby denying treatment to him - instead they conspired and were cruel and degrading to leave him ill deliberately - if not for diagnosis by another GP, Gregory would be still be suffering greatly with symptoms and still being told he has psych problems
:31:00
December 2014 these GPs decided that they couldn't give Gregory a diagnosis of Lyme - goes to locum to see doctor about symptoms but he was misdiagnosed with prostatitis and given medication for that and Gregory had a bad reaction - says to locum doctor that he has Lyme, doctor believes him, but only gives 2 weeks of antibiotics - Gregory goes back to GPs who say he doesn't have Lyme because he has negative serology - he feels depressed and distressed
:32:20
Gregory researches and finds that the Public Health England's Doctor Pathway says that antibiotic treatment may produce false-negative results - presents to GPs and this compels them to have a meeting with PHE but they send their newest and most junior GP to the meeting to withhold multiple information from PHE and to deny Gregory treatment in August 2015
:34:00
Gregory finds Lyme Disease Action help people with Lyme get a diagnosis - they write to his GP, who informs the PHE, who realize right away that they were previously withheld information about Gregory - however PHE leaves it to GPs to decide treatment and they say there is no Lyme to treat in Gregory
 
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:36:45
LDA decides not to report these 3 GPs for criminal negligence, but Gregory is able to access treatment from them because if they refuse, the LDA can still report them - Gregory gets 4 weeks of treatment but did not yet know they were withholding clinical history from PHE so continues at the clinic - but if he had not got 2nd opinion, he'd still be suffering
:37:50
Gregory emails PHE directly and gets almost immediate response apologizing for discrepancy in the reporting of his symptoms in all the discussion - Gregory finds out later the PHE forwards email to Gregory's GP with angry note, so GP now knows Gregory knows that PHE was not given full medical file - this leads to more forgery down the line
:38:45
Gregory realizes the GPs are being willful, but he does not know why they wouldn't give full medical file to PHE - GP avoids talking to LDA because LDA has full medical file and will ask GP why she only sent partial file to PHE
:39:45
Gregory files complaint with NHS - GPs are employed by NHS - and recieves their 1 page report in March 2016 and it is "so corrupt" - ignores early diagnosis - Gregory files another complaint and this time NHS realizes he knows something is wrong - they produce 10 page report and dismisses Gregory's symptoms and blames him for poor medical care - so they are protecting GPs and covering up their harm
:41:40
July 27, 2012 - Eureka moment - if he is diagnosed with Lyme in 2015 from 2009 onset and denied medical care, then that is criminal negligence - now Gregory understands their motive and explains all their behaviour and actions: to cover their asses from criminal negligence which now not just a mistake, but a conspiracy to deny a patient treatment - they must have sat down at some point to decide to deny he had Lyme
 
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:43:15
NHS notorious for covering up mistakes and attacking whistleblowers, be they patients or medical staff - there is a culture of defend, deny, delay - Gregory investigates himself by getting access to emails and puts more pieces of the hidden puzzle together - more denial, lying, created fraudulent email but never sent, blaming PHE, to protect their position and prevent exposure of their crime
:47:40
Gregory continues to research and submit evidence to Palriamentary and Service Ombudsman (PSO) and General Medical Council (GMC) in December 2016 - LDA says can't support Gregory, with subtext they will be punished as whistleblowers and closed down by National Health Services (NHS) - more coverup happens by GMC and dismiss his evidence - PSO even slower - Gregory appeals GMC decision, they admit Gregory's case meets their high threshold for investigation, but claim they see no evidence of doctor misconduct and dismiss the case - PSO also dismiss and ignore evidence
:49:30
Gregory takes the GMC to court in September 2017 but loses - appeals again to be heard - PSO closes investigation because "you will be disappointed with the outcome" - PSO well known as dust bin for complaints - September 2018 launches Judicial Review against PSO and gets oral hearing - Judge agrees PSO behaved badly but says PSO can act at own discretion - PSO fails to tell Gregory they must agree on scope of investigation, this gives him leverage to appeal - can't get legal support because nobody wants to believe 3 GPs intentionally denied a patient treatment for years
:53:30
Gregory has found case law that doctors must treat, otherwise a criminal act - PSO has broad powers, but refuse to interview 2 witnesses, who's careers would be in jeopardy for not reporting the GPs for non-treatment - this is all a lot of stress, not a normal life, wish for happy days - GPs just 500 yards away and other patients at risk - willfull lack of insight into patients Lyme symptoms - knows a woman who was dismissed by GPs, turns out she had cancer for 2 years, and died soon after proper diagnosis, and refused to apologize - they are a danger and Gregory will do everything in his power to expose them
:57:30
Others who are whistleblowers suffer greatly from blowback from goverment institutions - at end of the day, CEO of NHS Trust do not want their dirty laundry aired in public and will crush any thing that threatens that, no matter how obvious - recent case Dr Day in England where they tried to exclude junior doctors from whistleblower protection - statutory duty to protect patients - misconduct in public office - UK police rarely charge people in power
1:00:40
End of day, patients and medics suffer - if try to stand up, you are beaten down - most patients just want recognition and apology - but instead wilfull denial of their mistake - yet so wilfully doing harm by denying treatment - Gregory will have to report to police - conspiracy because junior doctor had no reason to lie, except to protect her senior doctors
 
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1:02:30
Gregory sent email to junior doctor asking her to testify and the police show up on his doorstep with a 'community protection warning' to protect community from harassment - senior partner made sure junior doctor not available to be interviewed by police - 2 senior partners are professional liars - police refuse to acknowledge crime against Gregory, but feels he has to compel them to investigate
1:04:30
Started twitter April 2018 to put his experience out there - realize many others with similar experiences - solace and support finding others - next thing is to form groups and attack these organizations that are covering up all these cases - produce blog, keep campaigning - show its all a scam saying to public we've got orgs to support you, but its all a lie - they are in own silos and don't want to kick up a fuss and lose their job, pay cheque - huge scandal in UK and other countries
1:07:15
Last few months have been very difficult - started smoking again, stopped exercising, depression, self doubt, anxiety - some days better if get a bit of good news, but most of time it is a crushing weight - drinking to get to sleep - irritable, angry
1:08:55
Can't remember feeling happy, part due to Lyme symptoms, but mostly due to the situation - affects all parts of life - bloody nightmare - constant worry - affecting relationships, compounds Lyme - borderline sociopaths in high positions shown by their actions
1:10:45
GPs don't want to discuss trauma he's experienced by health care system, so can't get help for trauma - don't give up, just keep going
1:13:45 - end
 
 

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