My last mail's concerned the great pain I was feeling in my knee and the reaction of my GP and the MSK clinic where I was seen by a glorified physio though expecting to see a consultan. She had my history and x-ray and basically told me that the pain was a "defensive".reaction. I have since realised that the service is cost led and that these "practitioners" are there to divert the patient to a less expensive speciality. In my case I was despatched to a physio two months ago and have yet to receive an appointment. No thought of the pain I suffer though I am sure compared to many it is manageable. I am gradually taking increasing ammounts of oramorph which I hate. I nagged my GP for an appointment with a consultant, but was seen by a registrar who concluded that the pain was being transferred from my hip to the knee. Good job I was not relying on the physio!! So now have to wait for an injection in my hip and if that's sucessfull no more pain for a couple of years. The waiting time for seeing all these "proffesionals" is around three months between visits and to me that is not acceptable. I have already spent all I can afford on a couple of proceedures . So am I mad in thinking the rationing begins at the GPS office if your condition does not appear to be life threatening, or must we all take this as normal?