I’ve always admired and despaired at doctors in equal measure for their attendance at work when ill.
While on the one hand it shows great commitment to the cause, on the other, do we really need anymore viruses in our health facilities?
Unemployed Trevor Perry veers towards the latter. He’s taking Dr Helen Young and Salisbury District Hospital to court after catching a cold.
Mr Perry claims Dr Young passed the illness on to him when he visited her. He says she should have taken the day off so she did not endanger her patients.
Despite not being represented by a solicitor, he took his case to Salisbury County Court claiming damages for the incident and initially won £200 in a default judgment.
But yesterday a judge set the judgment aside and ordered Mr Perry, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, to appear in court to prove his case.
He said: “She was sniffling and sneezing. I said: ‘Have you got a cold?’ and she said, ‘Yes, but I’m all right.’ I thought, ‘Is it right that I can be infected like this?'”
Mr Perry, who claims to run a chronic pain support group (you couldn’t make this stuff up – Ed), originally complained to the hospital’s chief executive Frank Harsent before filing his claim at the court.
“The chief executive said he was sorry I’d caught a cold,’ he said. ‘He admitted that she was suffering symptoms of a cold. He said the doctor concerned did not want to upset patient schedules.”
As the hospital failed to respond to his claim before the statutory 14-day limit, Mr Perry won £200 by default. But after the hospital’s litigation manager Pat Peters confirmed they would be contesting the claim, a judge looked at the judgment again and set it aside.
A spokesman for Salisbury County Court said: “The deputy district judge has now said this judgment is flawed and has set a date for the case to be heard in court.”
About time someone made a chronic pain of themselves, over this vital NHS issue…