WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
If you go to a Primary medical centre on your own, you could be in great danger – you could end up in gaol. Is there no end to the evil of some of the Primary people? See what you think after you’ve read the following.
On 3 Jun 2008 I sent Dr Ed Bateman, Primary’s managing director, an email telling him what had happened to me when I saw a Dr Urs, one of his doctors and asking him, “is this conduct up to the standard you expect of doctors operating in your medical centres?” The conduct I mentioned was incredibly minor – I really just wanted to know whether he, as Primary’s managing director, had any interest in the standards of the doctors working in his centres. (Which it turned out, he wasn’t/isn’t.)
His response was nothing short of hysterical, raising questions, I would have thought, about his mental health. He sent me a sneering email back on the same day, telling me, in effect, to “p___ off” AND issuing an order that if ever I was to turn up at one of his medical centres again I was to be escorted off the premises with the police being called if necessary – real Hitler and Gestapo stuff I would have thought.
(To view my email to Dr Bateman, and his reply – use this link to take you to a page that has been up on my website for more than five and a half years.)
Not that he ever told me of his order – I think that even he would have realised that if he had set it out in writing to me he would have looked like an idiot.
I only learnt of this order more than three years later, in the following circumstances.
I had been working on what I saw was a problem with APHRA’S Registers of Practitioners that was very well illustrated by Dr Urs’s case – if you did a search on Dr “Urs” his name didn’t come up, so you would be forced to believe that he wasn’t registered to practice medicine. In their defence AHPRA had argued that they had had a certain conversation with Dr Urs, which seemed unlikely to me, and I just wanted to know from Dr Urs whether the alleged conversation had taken place. It was all about AHPRA – nothing about Dr Urs and nothing about Primary. If Dr Urs had had an email address, I could have asked him in a two or three line email – but Primary doctors don’t have email addresses – so I though I would call in and ask him, thinking it wouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 minutes, and not being aware of Dr Bateman’s Hitler-like order. I did this, on 25 Aug 2011, and I have set out in detail what happened when I did this in this post.
The bottom line was that I got a 25 Aug 2011 letter from Primary telling me I was banned again from visiting Primary centres, this time because of far far more serious matters – I had “verbally intimidated staff”, I had “displayed aggressive behaviour” and I had “caused fear on the part of others on the premises” – need I say that none of which was in any sense true!
But wait, there’s more! – and this is where it gets really serious, really scary!
On the 17 Apr 2014, (yesterday,) I got an email from someone purporting to be a Primary GP who was there on 25 Aug 2011, who I will call “Dr Anonymous,” (as he or she wouldn’t give me their name,) and, according to him or her, in the almost three years since then, matters had got much more serious – not only had I done the things set out in the 25 Aug 2011 letter, I had done things far far worse, not mentioned in that letter. I had “physically assaulted” the author of the email, I had also “punched” a female doctor “causing her bruising,” and, if anything could be worse, I had threatened that one day I “was going to bomb the medical centre.”
So here we have one of Primary’s GPs ready to say I’d done all these things, and I know from my years as lawyer myself that, under the rotten stinking health care systems in NSW, if there had been one other Primary person, doctor or otherwise, prepared to corroborate his or her claims, (because doctors are always right and patients are always wrong,) I could have easily gone to gaol for (1) threatening to bomb the medical centre, and (2) punching a female doctor causing her bruising, and (3) physically assaulting another doctor – when there wasn’t a scrap of truth in any of the allegations AND there wasn’t a damn thing I could have done about it.
Hence the claims in my introduction to this post – which you may have thought were a bit over the top.
There was some good news though – “we made the decision not to press charges as it was clear you were mentally disturbed.”
There are certain ironies in the above that I find almost amusing.
(1) Dr Anonymous clearly started out trying to convince me that Primary GPs were good guys after all, and ended up, by lying his or her head off, proving that he or she, at least, is scum.
(2) Dr Anonymous is naive enough to believe that my readers will believe him or her when they say I did all these “physical” things when there wasn’t even a hint that I had done anything physical in the 25 Aug letter.
(3) Against the background of Dr Bateman, their managing director, going “right off his brain,” when, in 2008, I mentioned that one of his doctors might have fallen a bit short in a very minor matter, in contrast, when I, allegedly, in 2011, (1) threatened to bomb one of his medical centres, (2) punched one of his female doctors causing her bruising, and, (3) physically assaulted another of his doctors, decided to do nothing, even though, if we are to believe Dr Anonymous:-
all of this would have eaten into Primary’s profits considerably, and, if there’s anything Dr Bateman hates like poison it’s anything that eats into profits.
AND, if anything, this is more amazing, (and inconsistent,) than anything – if we are to believe Dr Anonymous, not only has Dr Bateman decided not to do anything about all of the above, “I have spoken to Dr Bateman and he has lifted your ban in part!!!???”