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Radio 2 discussion, not getting breaks

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lucilla90, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

    Jeremy Vine is just about to run a discussion on R2 on professions where people don’t get breaks and get ill as a result. He is talking to a medical professional who had a kidney infection due to not getting enough time to go to the toilet.

    I guess many teachers end up in the same position. I’ve certainly had experience of complications due to not having been able to drink or visit the toilet for hours.
  2. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    My husband works 12 hour shifts (NHS ). They added half an hour to this to ensure he had a lunch break but he usually eats it in the office while working so it ends up as a 12 and a half hour shift. I think he can get to the loo when he needs to though.
  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I have a bottle of water with me at all times in my classroom and make sure I have a toilet break after every second lesson.

    I have also stopped doing lunch duties to make sure I get a break in the middle of the day.
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  4. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    When I invigilate a three hour exam I always think carefully about the food and drink I consume beforehand. I'm sure I can go longer than that when busy or travelling but when you've nothing else to do or think about the need for a wee plays on your mind.
  5. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I go when I need to. I had too many problems as a child and will not be prevented now.
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  6. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I don't need a constant supply of water but I take my breaks for tea.
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  7. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You don't (unless you're as old as I am) have to empty your bladder for an extended spell overnight.

    But I get the point. It's pretty inhuman not to even have time for a pit-stop.
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  8. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    When our daughter was working as a chef (in a top flight restaurant), she frequently had time neither for food nor toilet breaks. And she worked more than 14 hours most days. (Not surprisingly we're pleased she doesn't work in a kitchen any more).
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  9. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    A very close relative of mine is a Doctor in 2nd year of practice. She works twelve hour shifts and gets 30 minutes lunch break. This is inhuman and legislation needs to be used to bring about change. Apart from anything else it is not good for patient safety.
  10. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    If people are prepared 'to go the extra yard' and 'remember you're a professional' they lose breaks and endanger lives.
  11. Caoimhseach

    Caoimhseach Lead commenter

    That's 10 minutes longer than EU regulations require.
  12. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I do not understand teachers who claim that they did not have time to go to the loo all day. I'm afraid that an older female's bladder mean that not going to the loo when I need it is not really an option.
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  13. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

    I see your point, too, but when asleep, you are unlikely to be drinking, nor burning as much energy as in the workplace.

    I was seriously ill, when in a small setting all the non-teaching staff were ill at the same time and no cover was put in place. It was during a hot summer and not drinking nor using the toilet made me very ill.

    I take water now I am on supply, because of the variable provisions and staff facilities...that’s another thread entirely!
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  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    ADH might increase at night to reduce the need to urinate.
  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I was only trying (and failing) to act as the devil's advocate.

    Of course you should be able to pop to the lavatory as and when.
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  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Is your sleep disturbed?
  17. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    You were taking the proverbial!

  18. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    But deny a kid the chance to go to the loo and you are infringing their human rights! Perhaps teacher should ask for one of those toilet passes that the kids get!
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  19. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Don't teachers get breaks in which they can go to the toilet? The children need time to go also.
  20. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

    They do, usually, but in smaller settings it doesn’t always happen...also, those very rare days when a bit disorganised and battling for the photocopier at break or something, then the time just disappears.
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