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Post by PeterMac on 08.06.11 9:19

p. 39 ",,,Sean and Amelie were born, and once they had passed their first birthday I returned to work part-time, as a GP and also as a clinical tutor to medical students for a half-day every week.
p. 143 "For the moment , Gerry was on paid compassionate leave. As a locum, I wasn't entitled to this but the partners at my surgery all agreed they wanted to give me two months' pay, which was greatly appreciated."


A part-time GP is NOT the same as a locum. A locum does not by definition have "partners at my surgery". A 'locum tenens' is acting 'in loco', - in place of the regular doctor when that person is absent. A part-time GP works in a practice as a partner, but has fewer contracted hours.
Is this just the normal sloppy English we have grown to expect ?

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Post by The Shelfstacker on 08.06.11 10:19

In fairness to K McCann, it is possible to be a locum and work part-time at it. Some do this for years, in theory "holding place" for someone else but in practice becoming part of the furniture.

Also, when she mentions partners she does say "the partners" not "my partners" which is consistent with her locum position.

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Post by Letterwriter on 08.06.11 11:37

I concur with Shelfstacker.

I know a Pharmacist and the term
'locum' is used fairly liberally in that profession too. It seems to be
used to denote someone who is a self employed contractor, rather than
an employee. Many do work regular hours, as opposed to solely providing
cover for holidays, maternity, sickness etc (as the term implies and
perhaps was originally used for) but as they are a contractor, the
practice can dispense (excuse the pun!) with their services simply by
not booking them in for any more work, rather than having to go through
the rigmorale of a sacking or redundancy as one would with an employee.

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Post by PeterMac on 08.06.11 12:14

OK. Fair enough.

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Re: What precisely was Katey's professional status

Post by Atilliator on 08.06.11 15:35

She specialised as an anaesthetist, although I don't know if she ever worked as such. She was a locum, and I think, not attached to any particular practice.

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Post by The Shelfstacker on 09.06.11 22:04

She was an anaesthetic registrar, undergoing specialist training in anaesthetics. Therefore she will have been working as an anaesthetist, albeit one in training.

She did not complete her specialist training (do not draw any adverse inferences from this; many doctors don't) and switched to general practice in a locum capacity.

Locum appointments can be long or short term. Hers, as I understand it, was ongoing and of longstanding. Employment rights accrue over time for locums as they do for permanent staff, including protection from dismissal. K McCann was a locum but her longevity in the practice meant she was a full member of staff in all but name.

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Re: What precisely was Katey's professional status

Post by Kitti on 10.06.11 7:32

She was a locum which is a temporary position and covers for someone else and may turn Into permanent In the future.




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Consultant or not?

Post by wickerman on 07.10.16 17:20

On page 14 of her (hardback) book , she says she received a phone call from New Zealand offering her the position of "a neo-natal consultant in Auckland". Yet when she gets there- only two pages later- she has this to say.

"I was classed as a registrar even though I had no neo-natal experience and had junior doctors who worked under me who did". There's a number of questions arising from this. Why did they offer her such a senior post when she had no experience? Why didn't these junior doctors get the post? They may have not have been qualified as such, but they had more experience than her. Wasn't this phone called from them followed up by a letter? It would be strange if it wasn't. It may exist, but I doubt it.  Furthermore, there is nothing about her complaining at the time to the Kiwis about working as a registrar when they offered her a consultant's role. Nor does she mention it to us, her readers. Did they lie to her? I can't see why. Is it possible that Kate was lying to us about the job, out of a sense of self-importance? And would anyone employ someone as a consultant who had only qualified as a doctor three years ago, if that, and had no experience in the field?

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Post by Roxyroo on 07.10.16 17:41

I wondered this too, having just finished the beuwk there are many unanswered questions.
Maybe this explains all the dead bodies before Portugal? Lol. I know, I know, but Doc Shipman was still loved by some of his patients years afterwards! big grin lol!

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Post by Verdi on 07.10.16 20:43

@Roxyroo wrote:I wondered this too, having just finished the beuwk there are many unanswered questions.
Maybe this explains all the dead bodies before Portugal? Lol. I know, I know, but Doc Shipman was still loved by some of his patients years afterwards! big grin lol!
I hope you didn't actually buy the book Roxyroo.  You do know that all profits therefrom are donated to the 'I'm not gonna search for Madeleine fund' don't you?

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Post by Verdi on 07.10.16 20:46

This woman has more facets than the Master of Disguise - a masquerade in the making.

Kate McCann 'madeleine' by KATE MCCANN..

I’d found myself embarking on a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. While that hadn’t been my intention – I’d planned simply to gain the experience I needed for general practice – I really enjoyed O&G.

Early in 1995, during an oncology posting I’d taken up to enhance my O&G training, I started to apply for jobs in Australia via an organized scheme. I also sent one letter on spec to a hospital in New Zealand at the suggestion of a Kiwi colleague. I was expecting a formal response by post in due course, so I was somewhat taken aback when I was called to the phone one day at work and found myself being offered a job by a neo-natal consultant in Auckland. I said yes.

Left for New Zealand  July 1995 - after this stint in neo-natal, took a six month job in O&G in wellington.

September 1996 returned to Glasgow -  I worked initially at the maternity unit at the Queen Mother’s Hospital before transferring to anaesthetics at the Western Infirmary in 1997.
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Geeez, they were only there for just over a year and no proof of any of it - to be taken with a barrel of salt in my view.  The woman is either mentally unstable, flighty or a fantasist, or possibly a combination of all three - it's for you to decide.

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Post by Roxyroo on 08.10.16 13:21

@Verdi wrote:
@Roxyroo wrote:I wondered this too, having just finished the beuwk there are many unanswered questions.
Maybe this explains all the dead bodies before Portugal? Lol. I know, I know, but Doc Shipman was still loved by some of his patients years afterwards! big grin lol!
I hope you didn't actually buy the book Roxyroo.  You do know that all profits therefrom are donated to the 'I'm not gonna search for Madeleine fund' don't you?

big grin

Don't worry, I didn't buy the book, someone gave me it

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Post by wickerman on 08.10.16 18:42

Whoops! My mistake. You're quite right. She was offered a position by a consultant, not for a consultant's post. However, she didn't have any neo-natal experience. She also  doesn't name the colleague who suggested it, or any other colleague in NZ, nor the hospitals she worked in Auckland or Wellington. Can't she remember any of this? This is despite finding the Kiwis "lovely, capable, easy-going people".  I'm sure they probably did go there, but a lack of detail puts doubt in your mind.

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Post by aquila on 08.10.16 19:01

@wickerman wrote:Whoops! My mistake. You're quite right. She was offered a position by a consultant, not for a consultant's post. However, she didn't have any neo-natal experience. She also  doesn't name the colleague who suggested it, or any other colleague in NZ, nor the hospitals she worked in Auckland or Wellington. Can't she remember any of this? This is despite finding the Kiwis "lovely, capable, easy-going people".  I'm sure they probably did go there, but a lack of detail puts doubt in your mind.
Yes, you got it wrong.

Tell me, in Kate's bewk (about herself) would you expect her to name just about everyone she'd ever met?

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Post by sar on 11.10.16 9:00

@Verdi wrote:This woman has more facets than the Master of Disguise - a masquerade in the making.

Kate McCann 'madeleine' by KATE MCCANN..

I’d found myself embarking on a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. While that hadn’t been my intention – I’d planned simply to gain the experience I needed for general practice – I really enjoyed O&G.

Early in 1995, during an oncology posting I’d taken up to enhance my O&G training, I started to apply for jobs in Australia via an organized scheme. I also sent one letter on spec to a hospital in New Zealand at the suggestion of a Kiwi colleague. I was expecting a formal response by post in due course, so I was somewhat taken aback when I was called to the phone one day at work and found myself being offered a job by a neo-natal consultant in Auckland. I said yes.

Left for New Zealand  July 1995 - after this stint in neo-natal, took a six month job in O&G in wellington.

September 1996 returned to Glasgow -  I worked initially at the maternity unit at the Queen Mother’s Hospital before transferring to anaesthetics at the Western Infirmary in 1997.
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Geeez, they were only there for just over a year and no proof of any of it - to be taken with a barrel of salt in my view.  The woman is either mentally unstable, flighty or a fantasist, or possibly a combination of all three - it's for you to decide.
".....so I was somewhat taken aback when....."


Wow!  More front than Harrods!   Imagine her editor sitting down with her and cutting and pasting this into the final draught!!!!  Chuckling over a cold glass of NZ's finest!!  Just like you were somewhat  taken aback by Clement Freud inviting you to enjoy a few strawberry daiquiri's poolside before a cordon bleu dinner created by the man himself!  A man who raped a 14 year old.  We all know you read this green ink, hope you are still laughing you bunch of see you's next tuesday's

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