Bad experiences with medical professionals in General Chatter Posted February 3, 2022 Not going to criticise the NHS because some relatively minor first and second hand bad experiences with them were clearly down to them being overstretched and under resourced. But happy to have a crack at private medics, probably my best story is: An uncle (call him John) had a temporary urinary catheter inserted after an operation some years back. Elderly and a bit muddled, he found it inconvenient and uncomfortable and arranged to see a private doctor about it. This resulted in him going to a private hospital and having the catheter removed. They kept him under observation for an hour or so and then sent him home at 5pm because the private hospital was only open during working hours. Apparently it had not occurred to them that the catheter was there for a reason. So at about midnight Uncle John phoned 999 with a literally bursting bladder and was rushed to NHS A&E to have another catheter put in. Thankfully there was no long term damage, but it could have been very unpleasant.