read the online forums for Polish mothers in the UK.
You need to get out more Delph ;)
Many of the wealthier ones will pay large amounts of money to go to private Polish gynaecologists (or even fly back home...) simply because they can't understand why the midwife isn't immediately referring them to the gynaecologist and making sure that they return home with vast amounts of medicine after every visit.
It's just different systems I guess, they want what they're used to getting in their home country.
My opinion from talking to Poles is that they just don't fully trust English doctors, and will question everything.
I also have to say that I've never heard of doctors just prescribing paracetamol. As Roz said earlier, it's cheap enough to buy over the counter so what would be the point in issuing a prescription? Unless it's Calpol for a child which does contain paracetamol and is more expensive to buy, and of course prescriptions are free for children.
You won't often find stories of the "17 different doctors fail to detect stage 4 lung cancer" type that seem to litter the British press.
Not saying that it's acceptable at all, but there are always going to be cases that slip through the net.
You think this has never happened in Poland or any other country other than the UK?