Letter: Changes to ordering oxygen supply

Dear Editor

I am sure many of my colleagues would have been inundated by calls from their patients on 1 February in another fiasco by the authorities over the supply of oxygen.

My staff rang the 24-hour helpline given by Allied Respiratory to find out more about the supply. It was unanswered and, as were our patients, we were puzzled.

The latest information from the authorities said that we should use the FP10 for oxygen supply until end of March 2006. Did any one fully understood what HOCF (home oxygen consent form) and HOOF (home oxygen order form) are?

These are just yet more new phrases to add to the ever-growing GPs' new dictionary like QMAS, QOF and C&B.

As usual, it was the GPs who were blamed for not completing the forms correctly.

I could not understand the logic requesting ill patients to read and sign these forms.

Some of these patients are so ill that they would not be able to sign their names.

Also, I am not sure whether the GPC was fully involved in decisions about oxygen supply.

Dr Sivaram Devaraj, Twickenham, Middlesex.

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