Related to my post the other day:
‘It’s infuriating and shocking’: how medicine has failed women over time
Now we have a politician telling you what you must do.
Nadine Dorries says women should stand up to doctors
Health minister Nadine Dorries wants women to feel they can demand different treatment, if they are unhappy with how medical staff are looking after them.
Ms Dorries, who deals with patient safety, suicide prevention and mental health, said she was "very aware" women faced inequalities in healthcare.
She said unconscious biases against women had "always been an issue".
It comes as the government calls for public views to inform England's first women's health strategy.
Ms Dorries said: "I want women to be more confident and not to take no for an answer.
"And if you are still in pain and if you are not being taken seriously and if your GP is not referring you on for consultant treatment then ask for it - demand it - because it is your right to do so."
Rest of item accessible (at least within the UK) here:
It is all very well talking the talk. But if a hypothyroid patient is told that the only treatment is levothyroxine and that the endocrinologists in the area refuse appointments for patients who are "just" hypothyroid, or that their TSH isn't high enough so go home, what are they supposed to do? Turn round and say "The Health Minister says it's OK"? If liothyronine and desiccated thyroid are off the menu, what are they supposed to do? Take on the clinical commissioning group (CCG), the RMOCs, the endocrinologists, the NHS people who agree crazy prices, the CMA who are supposed to be investigating?
All while ill, in pain, trying to manage all other aspects of life.
Remember, even this talk only applies to England.
Please note: This is not meant to be party political - I think the issue of politicians telling YOU what YOU must do to sort YOUR issue out without regard to reality is a problem across the spectrum.
Also, if anyone has any experiences from using the "Health Minister Nadine Dorries said ..." line, please let us all know. (Not a recommendation to try it!)