Even if the Obamacare system of socialized medicine eventually works as intended,
happen, it will look a lot like the system already in place
in England. And how is England's system working? Not too great.
Note: The newest material is now at the top of the page, now that I've turned it around to match the
fraying edges of universal health care. If you're wondering what Democrats have in mind when they tout
"Medicare For All," look no further than England. There are more reports of the U.K.'s National Health System's
collapse, this time featuring horror stories of rationing care for the elderly. Doctors are now sounding alarms bells
that seniors with cataracts are going blind as they wait for surgical approval. [...] Last year, The New York Times reported
some people in England were waiting for 12 hours to be seen in emergency rooms.
Version Of Medicare For All Sees Elderly Going Blind Waiting For Surgery (But Americans Still Want To Vote For
It). British health trusts — in charge of budgets allotted from the socialized National Health
Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom — have been rationing cataract care to patients who are slowly going blind
because the NHS cannot afford to provide care to them. After a watchdog group called NICE instructed the trusts to
begin offering surgery for cataracts — which reportedly afflict 4.5 million people in the UK, with many being
denied surgery even with severely impaired sight — it was discovered nearly [two thirds] of the trusts had
ignored the request because it was not legally binding.
Doctor Sacked For Blasphemy. In the UK, the National Health Service has thrown out a doctor: ["]A
doctor has been 'sacked' as a medical assessor for a government department after refusing to renounce his Christian belief
that gender is determined at birth, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. [...] The 55-year-old father of four believes sex is
genetic and biological, so established at birth.["] Wait a minute. Holding the view that people are born
male or female is now a theological belief? Do you see how radical this is? Here's the theology angle:
this doctor was fired because he blasphemed against the militant new religion.
Care Startups Struggle to Woo UK's National Health Service. The Health Foundry is just one element of a
thriving U.K. ecosystem serving entrepreneurs and startups in the health sector. It has 170 members across 120
companies and is the U.K.'s only co-working space dedicated to digital health, says Sinead Mac Manus, its startup and
innovation manager. It also helps guide startups through the labyrinthine processes of NHS purchasing decisions.
baby was decapitated 'when top NHS doc detached body from head during botched birth'. A premature baby was
decapitated inside his mom's womb when a doctor in Scotland detached his body from his head during a botched birth, a
tribunal heard. The hearing was told the first-time mom was then forced to undergo a C-section to remove the
head — which was sewn onto the tot's body so she could hold him and say goodbye. It is alleged
Dr. Vaishnavy Laxman, 41, should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency C-section at Ninewells Hospital,
Dundee, as the baby was in a breech position.
say goodbye to British toddler Alfie Evans. Hundreds of people took to the streets of Liverpool on Monday to
mourn 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who died last month following a highly-charged battle between the hospital and his
parents. The well-wishers broke into applause as the funeral cortege passed Everton football club's Goodison Park
stadium, on its way to a private burial nearby.
Autopsy Will be Done on Alfie Evans Before He's Buried Despite Controversy Surrounding His Death. The final
days and weeks of the life of Alfie Evans were an international spectacle. As his parents battled with a children's
hospital and court system intent on revoking his life support and ending his life, their fight to save Alfie became an
international news event. As Alfie's parents announced this week, a private funeral will be held next week for their
son. But amazingly, despite all of the international hoopla, attention, and controversy surrounding his death, there
will be no investigation or autopsy it appears. Although supporters of Alfie Evans and his family expected an autopsy
immediately after his death, it appears there will be no autopsy — according to multiple sources LifeNews has
spoken with. And, strangely, there have been absolutely no mainstream media news stories even about the possibility of
an autopsy or investigation following Alfie's death. Nothing was mentioned in the British media — who have
covered the case extensively — in their reports on the upcoming funeral.
Alfie, the Latest Victim of Omnipotent Government. Twenty-three-month-old Alfie Evans, passed away in a British
hospital on Saturday. While the official cause of death was a degenerative brain disease, Alfie may have been murdered
by the British health system and the British high court. Doctors at the hospital treating Alfie decided to remove his
life support, against the wishes of Alfie's parents. The high court not only upheld the doctors' authority to override
the parents' wishes, it refused to allow the parents to take Alfie abroad for treatment. In upholding the government's
authority to substitute its judgment for that of Alfie's parents, the high court is following in the footsteps of
authoritarians throughout history. Ever since Plato, supporters of big government have sought to put government in
charge of raising children. The authoritarianism of a system where "experts" can override parents is underscored by a
police warning that they were "monitoring" social media posts regarding Alfie. Alfie's case is not just an example of
the dangers of allowing government to usurp parental authority or the failures of socialized medicine. It shows the
logical result of the widespread acceptance of the idea that rights are mere privileges bestowed by government. It
follows from this idea that rights can be taken away whenever demanded by government officials or the popular will.
country that killed Alfie left behind Lewis, Wilberforce, Wesley. Make no mistake, says a longtime conservative
activist, post-Christian Britain is to blame for the death of Alfie Evans. Suffering from a degenerative brain
condition, Alfie Evans died earlier this month just a few days shy of what would have been his second birthday. His
parents had been in a lengthy legal battle with British doctors who, over the parents objections, removed the young boy's
oxygen, and food and water, after courts ruled in the hospital's favor.
Evans' case shows that basic English rights are at risk. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are the
rights singled out by Thomas Jefferson as those most deserving the protection of government as he and his fellow founders
sought to recover the 'rights of Englishmen' of which they felt they were being deprived. This makes it more than
ironic that those rights no longer exist in the country of England, where two very young children no longer have life, after
their parents had their liberty taken away and were deprived of the happiness that preserving their children's lives had brought.
Evans is condemned to die at 23 months because of Britain's scary secular state. The British government's
decision to allow two critically ill babies to die in two years is a natural reflection of the culture of death and the
steady increase in totalitarian tendencies among Western governments. Last year, the British government ordered life
support removed from Charlie Gard, ending his life when he was just 11 months old. Now, Alfie Evans — just
23 months old — has received what amounts to the same death sentence. On Monday, he was removed from life
support by court order — against the wishes of his parents.
Payer And The Alfie Evans Nightmare Go Hand In Hand. Bernie Sanders and many of his fellow Democrats pushing
single payer endlessly claim that health care is a "basic human right." What they never mention is that gaining that one
means sacrificing many other rights. Just ask the parents of Alfie Evans. Alfie died this week in a British
hospital after a series of events that, if they'd happened here, would be a serious breakdown in our nation's health care
system and of parental rights.
Britain justify ending Alfie Evans' life? Tom Evans, with his head hung low, looked only once at the camera
Thursday as he read a prepared statement asking supporters of his ailing son Alfie to "stand down." Evans wanted to
deescalate the tension so he and Alfie's mother, Kate James, could "build a bridge" with the Liverpool, England, hospital
seeking the end of their toddler's life. Evans' strong Liverpudlian accent had previously tumbled out fiery defenses of
his son's right to life and criticisms of court rulings against him. For months, Evans and James fought a system that
decided at the highest level that removing the 23-month-old's life support was in his "best interest," ultimately trumping
the couple's parental rights.
Leader: Alfie Evans Was "Sentenced to Death." We Can Never Let It Happen Again. The head of an American
pro-life organization is speaking out today [4/30/2018] in the wake of Alfie Evans' death over the weekend. Alfie died
on Saturday less than a week after hospital officials yanked his life support without his parents' permission. Today,
Carol Tobias, the president of the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews that people need to be very clear about
what happened with Alfie. She says he was "sentenced to death" by courts and doctors. She says what happened to
Alfie and his parents needs to never happen to get to any other child or patient. Alfie Evans ended up dying very early
Saturday morning after the children's hospital that was supposed to provide him with appropriate medical care and treatment
disconnected his life support without his parents' permission.
Evans Is Just the Latest Victim of a Deadly NHS Hospital. The Alfie Evans outrage occurred in an NHS hospital
with a long record of clinical negligence, including the worst scandal in the history of Britain's National Health
Service. Most of the media have covered Alfie's case, with characteristic dishonesty, as a tragedy that began before
the boy was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital. But, according to the court testimony of the NHS physicians who
admitted Alfie, his initial diagnosis involved a fairly common condition: "viral bronchiolitis and a possible prolonged
febrile convulsion." The still-undiagnosed brain disease that allegedly killed Alfie didn't appear until after he
entered this dangerous hospital.
whose parents fought to maintain life support dies. Alfie Evans, a sick British toddler whose parents won
support from the pope during a protracted legal battle to take him to the Vatican children's hospital for treatment, died
early Saturday [4/28/2018], five days after he was taken off life support.
ill child, Alfie Evans, dies after doctors remove life support. Alfie Evans, the sick British toddler whose
parents won support from Pope Francis during a protracted legal battle over his treatment, died early Saturday. He was
23 months old.
all about. Twenty-three month old Alfie Evans was held for nearly a week without care against the will of his
parents in a Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool until he died yesterday. He could have been cared for in a Vatican
hospital if the British authorities had let him go. The British authorities denied him care to avoid his or their
suffering. The basic facts of the case are set forth by the BBC and by the Guardian.
Why Alfie Will Never
Escape the NHS Alive. Yesterday afternoon [4/26/2018], after meeting with his son's National Health Service
captors ostensibly to discuss "taking Alfie home," Tom Evans shocked the boy's international army of supporters by completely
reversing the position he had held since last year concerning his son's care: "In Alfie's interests we will work with
his treatment team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs." You will note those words,
"Alfie's interests." This is the euphemism that has been used by the NHS, the British courts, and supporters of
socialized medicine everywhere to justify the state's right kill Alfie Evans. Neither of Alfie's parents had ever used
this term in this way in the past. Before Tom Evans went into that meeting, he vowed to continue fighting the malign
medical and political system whose incompetence and tyranny he had exposed to the world. But after the discussion he
had, like Orwell's Winston Smith, learned to love Big Brother.
Evans, the State, and Us. It is the war between Western, liberal Judeo-Christian values and the values of
leftism. It's a war between the individual as the focus of our lives and culture and the big state as the focus.
Just look at the stark realities that have played out in England. Its health care system is now completely absorbed by
the state. (Ours is well on the way.) The focus was the state, faceless, unaccountable, a massive bureaucracy armed
with tremendous power shared with the politicians up in their distant offices, the unelected judges with their lifetime
appointments, and the government employee doctors all on one side, and the individuals — Mom, Dad, and the
baby — on the other. Who do you suppose won this give-and-take, this health care transaction?
and Haleigh and Charlie and Jahi. When British hospital officials tried to pull the plug on 23-month-old
toddler Alfie Evans on Monday night in arrogant defiance of his parents' wishes, many Americans took to Twitter to count
their blessings that they live in a country that would not allow such tyranny. [...] Alfie's plight comes less than a year
after another British baby boy with a rare genetic condition, Charlie Gard, was taken off life support after his parents lost
a similar battle with judges and medical officials.
revives the death penalty — for children. On August 13, 1964, Britain executed Peter Anthony Allen
and Gwynne Owen Evans for the murder of John Alan West. This was supposed to be the last executions by the state in
that nation. But nearly 53 years later, Britain executed Charles Matthew William Gard. His death was not by
hanging. They did not draw and quarter him. The British did something far worse. They starved him to death
by denying him medical treatment because the treatment was too expensive. Charlie was 11 months old. His death
at the hands of government come from the same people who lecture Americans on how we let people die because we don't have
socialized medicine — a lie — we provide the best care for the poor through Medicaid. The British
refused to allow his parents to seek treatment in the United States. Now the same Britons want to kill Alfie Evans,
another child whose crime is costing the state to much money for medical treatment.
Doctor: Alfie Evans Must Die Because His Parents Have A Bad Attitude. A British doctor treating Alfie
Evans told reporters off the record his parents won't be allowed to take their child out of the hospital, even to die at
home, unless there is a "sea change" in their attitude. Alfie's parents are battling the hospital and the government of
the United Kingdom to continue caring for their little boy, who is suffering from an undiagnosed condition that British
doctors say has rendered him terminally ill. Although he was taken off life support Monday night [4/23/2018], Alfie
has continued to live with the help of an oxygen tank. The courts have ruled his parents cannot take him out of the
country, and have allowed the hospital to keep Alfie in their "care" by force.
Evans Priest Reportedly Kicked Out Of Hospital For Telling Them God Was Watching. Not welcome at Alder Hey
Hospital is apparently common sense, empathy, and now God. According to the Life Site, an Italian newspaper claims that
an Italian priest sent to look over baby Alfie Evans, who is currently fighting for his life despite the doctors' best hopes
that he'd have died by now. The priest had been sent to tend to Alfie but, according to Life Site, the priest reminded
the staff that their actions against Alfie would be seen by God, and apparently, the hospital staff wasn't too into that.
United Kingdom, Socialism, and the Dignity of Life. The United Kingdom, a nation once revered for its promotion
of individual freedom and the promulgation of limited government throughout the world, has accepted, as a governing
principle, the foundation of Marxist philosophy: the individual human being is the property of the state.
Evans Go to Rome. Alfie Evans, 23 months old, is hospitalized with a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Against
his parents' wishes, his doctors at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool removed him from life support on Monday evening [4/23/2018],
maintaining that further treatment would be futile. Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome has offered to treat him
and arranged for his medical transport, which is on standby. The Italian government has granted him citizenship, clearing
legal and administrative hurdles in advance. Doctors in Liverpool forbid the child to be removed from their watch, however,
and British courts have backed them up, holding out the possibility that at some point the parents will be permitted to take him
home to die, but batting down the idea that he will ever be allowed to leave the country. The courts have offered no
compelling or even plausible reason for blocking his transfer to the Italian hospital.
Alfie Evans Must Die
So the Nanny State May Live. In case you've missed it, Alfie Evans is a chronically ill British child whose
parents want to remove him from a Liverpool hospital to try alternative treatments. And the hospital is defying
them. Denying him further treatment. Leaving him to die.
Government Seeks to Play God in Denying Alfie Evans Life Support. A parent would go to the ends of the earth
for their child. But what if the government forcibly stopped them? What if, instead, the government doggedly
pursued their child's death? Such has been the tragic story of Thomas Evans and Kate James, and their son, Alfie
Evans. It's a chilling reminder of what happens when the government attempts to be doctor and to play God.
Britain's NHS Holds Another
Baby Hostage. In most hostage situations involving a child, the police surround the building in which the
victim is being held and try to convince the kidnapper not to carry out his death threats. In the case of Alfie Evans,
a toddler being held captive by Britain's National Health Service (NHS), the situation is perversely reversed. The
police are standing guard outside Alfie's room so the child's parents cannot take him to another hospital. Alfie's
captors, the administrators of Alder Hey Children's Hospital, have obtained a court order allowing them to withdraw life
support — though he hasn't been diagnosed as terminally ill. That's the crucial difference between Alfie's
case and the Charlie Gard tragedy.
Courts Again Rule Against Parents Trying to Save Gravely Ill Child. The horror of last summer's Charlie Gard
story apparently wasn't an exception in the world of British socialized medicine: CBS News reports that 23-month-old
Alfie Evans's parents have been fighting a "a protracted legal fight with Alder Hey Children's Hospital" regarding their
son's treatment. Just as in the Charlie Gard case, Alfie's parents wanted to take him out of England to try
alternative. And, just as in the Gard case, the British courts have decided that they and the hospital knew better
than the child's parents.
Right: The UK's Health System Is Broke And Failing. Amid the news crush of the week, it would have been
easy to miss President Trump's tweet blasting Britain's National Health Service. As with everything else he does or
says, Trump managed to get people riled up. This time, it was for telling the truth.
on a moment...hasn't Donald Trump got a point about the NHS failings? The British are convinced the NHS is the
best healthcare system known to man. It is the ultimate sacred cow — to be worshipped and revered and, of
course, regularly fed with great wads of cash. So when a few days ago Donald Trump fired off a tweet about the NHS
'going broke and not working' everyone jumped down his throat. [...] But hang on a moment. Hasn't it been pretty clear
during the past few weeks that the NHS is in a serious crisis?
crisis cripples the NHS: Up to 55,000 operations are postponed. Hospitals were last night ordered to cancel
thousands of operations to try to tackle a winter health crisis. In an unprecedented move, NHS chiefs demanded radical
action to free up beds and medical staff. Casualty units are under 'extreme and sustained' pressure with flu cases on
the rise. Up to 55,000 non-urgent operations will be postponed until February, along with thousands of outpatient
appointments and scans. Managers will be allowed to put patients on mixed-sex wards and consultants will be assigned to
casualty units to assess patients on arrival. Anyone not judged to be seriously ill faces being turned away.
Moments In Single Payer: Britain Cancels 50,000 Surgeries. Consider this another data point that will
largely get ignored when Democrats and the media start beating the drum again on "Medicare for All" in the 2018
midterms. The UK's vaunted single-payer system has collapsed into "third world" conditions, thanks to a lack of
resources that has ambulances unable to pick up patients, who would find difficulty in getting an empty bed at a
hospital. The order came down this week from on high to cancel as many as 50,000 scheduled surgeries over the next
several weeks until the National Health Service can figure out how to climb out of the hole.
Baby Died After Hospital Refused to Treat Him Because He Was Severely Premature. In South Wales, the chief
executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Adam Caims, has personally apologized to a grieving mother who lost
her premature infant because medical staff refused to treat him. In December 2013, Riley Goodger died 90 minutes after
his mother, Emma Jones, had given birth at Cardiff's University Hospital. Initially, Goodger was breathing on his own
but medical personnel said they were unable to help him because he was only 22-weeks-old. Currently in Wales, that is
eight days before the abortion cut-off and life-saving measures aren't usually taken unless a baby is born after 24-weeks.
NHS Patient Asks for Female Nurse for Cervical Smear, Gets Tattooed Trans Man With Stubble. A woman who
requested a female nurse for an intimate procedure was given an "obviously male" member of staff with stubble and tattoos,
who claimed to be a transsexual. The National Health Service (NHS) patient said she was "embarrassed and distressed"
when summoned by a nurse with "an obviously male appearance ... close-cropped hair, a male facial appearance and voice, large
number of tattoos and facial stubble" to carry out a cervical smear, The Times reports. When she pointed out what she
thought was a mistake, the nurse told her off: "My gender is not male. I'm a transsexual."
waiting times crisis. Just one hospital in England has hit its targets for cancer, operations and accident and
emergency over the past year, it was claimed today [10/18/2017]. Growing demand is leaving the NHS struggling to serve
patients, with Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust in Bedfordshire the only service to have achieved its goals. England,
Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit any of their three targets for 18 months, while Scotland has only had success with
its A&E goal in the last year.
Panels: Socialized Medicine Ban for Surgery for Smoke and the Overweight. Aren't you just sick of
corporations deciding what treatment you can get? We should just have national health care, Medicare-for-All,
socialized medicine. And then everyone can get all the care they want without paying anything. Here's how it's
working out in the UK where survival rates for many diseases are much worse than in America. And where a hospital can
order a baby killed. And no surgery if you smoke or are overweight.
Gard Dies After Life Support is Switched Off. Charlie Gard has passed away after his life support was switched
off today. His parents said in a post on social media that "our beautiful boy" is gone. Charlie was at the center
of a massive international debate after the hospital where he was receiving treatment for a rare disease refused to allow an
experimental treatment to help him and also refused transferring him to another hospital that would allow the treatment.
Charlie's parents took their fight to numerous courts to protect his life but to no avail. Each of the courts and a
British judge argued that it was in Charlie's best interest to be removed from the life support.
Gard Has Passed Away. Some sad news to report: Charlie Gard, the terminally-ill baby who was the center
of a controversy regarding parental rights and experimental treatment, has passed away in a hospice after his life support
machine was withdrawn on Friday [7/28/2017]. He would have turned one on August 4.
Charlie Shows The System For The Monster It Really Is. "The System" raised its brutal fist in the face of the
world from Britain today. It conceded, not in words, but in action how the parents of Charlie Gard had run out of time
to secure outside help in trying to keep their baby alive. The System proved its terrible might in demonstrating to a
World On Watch how it is impossible for a vulnerable baby and his parents to survive after hitting the brick and mortar of
its imperious walls. Those who can plainly see how cheaply a progressive world values human life, join Charlie's
parents in their heartbreak.
NHS cuts will cause uproar once revealed, doctors claim. Doctors have warned that plans for "brutal" NHS cuts are shrouded
in secrecy and will cause uproar once revealed. The British Medical Association (BMA) says health service leaders have refused to
publish details of the proposals that could extend waiting times, reduce access to services, cut down on prescriptions and treatments,
and even merge or close hospitals and facilities.
Gard will not make it to his first birthday as parents end legal fight over treatment. harlie Gard's parents
accused Great Ormond Street Hospital of delaying treatment until it was too late as they gave up their legal fight to save
"their warrior son". Charlie's life support will be switched off in the coming days after his parents dropped a court
battle for the right to take him to New York for experimental therapy. Connie Yates, Charlie's mother, told the court
that her "sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy" will not now live to see his first birthday in less than two weeks' time.
Charlie Gard parents end legal fight as
time runs out for 'beautiful' baby. The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have ended their legal
challenge to take him to the US for experimental treatment. A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the
High Court "time had run out" for the baby. Mr Gard said it meant his "sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy" will not
reach his first birthday on 4 August. "To let our beautiful little Charlie go" is "the hardest thing we'll ever have to
do", his mother said.
Gard: It Can't Happen Here — or Can It? Charlie Gard has, in effect, been medically kidnapped
by the socialist National Health Service bureaucracy that has lined up with the British medical establishment to assert the
primacy of the state's rights over the parents' rights to determine the fate of a minor child. In Britain, the state
essentially owns the child, and the experience faced by Charlie Gard and his parents has brought that outrageous situation
clearly to light.
latest outrage in the Baby Charlie case. If there's one thing that has marked the struggle of Chris Gard and
Connie Yates, the parents of Charlie Gard, it is the almost inhuman indifference to the plight of the parents by the Great
Ormand Street Hospital, who insist that the parents should have no hope of improvement in their son and acquiesce in his
death. The latest outrage by the hospital is incomprehensible. At a hearing in the family division of Great
Britain's High Court, attorneys for the hospital presented the judge with the latest scan of Charlie's brain. But the
hospital had failed to share the scan first with Charlie's parents. This proved too much for them and they stormed out
of the courtroom.
Gard Is the Face of Single-Payer. When Charlie Gard entered Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England's
single-payer health system, the National Health Service, took over. At first, it seemed that this was a good thing,
since his parents didn't have to pay extra for his care. But they didn't have a choice. They weren't in the small
minority who are either wealthy enough or favorably employed to access private insurance. So Charlie was swallowed by
doctors use Snapchat to send patients' scans. NHS doctors are using Snapchat to send patient scans to one
another, according to a new report that warns it is an "insecure, risky" way of working. A panel of experts, chaired by
former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Julian Huppert, said the NHS was letting the digital revolution pass it by, forcing medics to
find their own "technical fixes". The report also revealed that the NHS is the world's largest purchaser of fax machines,
described by the authors as a "dubious title" to hold.
Charlie Gard's parents walk out
of hearing on treatment options. An American doctor offering to treat critically-ill baby Charlie Gard may come
to the UK to examine his condition more closely, a court case over the baby's future has heard. A High Court hearing is
deciding whether the 11-month-old should be given experimental treatment for a severe degenerative genetic disorder which had
left him with brain damage. A US expert today [7/13/2017] claimed there was a 10% chance that treatment could have
"clinically meaningful success" — but admitted he had not seen the baby's full medical notes and had never examined him.
Charlie Gard: US doctor claims he
can achieve 10% improvement for baby. An American doctor offering to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has told
the High Court there is a 10% chance he could improve the baby's condition. The 11-month-old has a rare genetic
disorder and severe brain damage which doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) had said was irreversible. In
April, the High Court ruled that life support should be removed to enable Charlie to die with dignity. The doctor has
agreed to assess Charlie in the UK if the court adjourns.
Rules Against London Hospital — In Favor of Charlie Gard's Parents. A judge at London's High Court
ruled against the hospital and in favor of the parents of baby Charlie Gard — who is suffering from a rare genetic
disorder — that they may present new scientific evidence concerning their son's treatment, which will be reviewed this
Thursday and could possibly lead to Charlie receiving treatment in the United States. But the outcome is still
uncertain and Charlie's fate is precarious.
News reveals scale of NHS vacancies that threatens closed wards and cancelled operations. An ITV News
investigation has revealed the scale of vacancies in NHS hospitals stretching across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and
Scotland. Some hospitals reported more than 1,000 vacancies with the biggest gaps, at every trust, in nursing.
Others admitted crucial roles have remained unfilled for years, despite repeated advertising. ITV News asked every
acute trust in the country to disclose how many staff posts were vacant. In total 92 trusts responded to our Freedom of
Worst media moments
of the week. The case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard is every parent's nightmare. The child has "a rare genetic condition
that has damaged his brain and left him unable to breathe without assistance," according to Fox News. British authorities have refused
to follow the parents' wishes to let them transport him to the United States for experimental treatments. They didn't just give him a
death sentence. They said they get to decide what happens, not his parents. ABC, CBS and NBC didn't care about the story,
though American conservatives were up in arms about it. None of the three networks mentioned the case.
Gard Case and Its Obvious Implications. Most of the people following the macabre case of Charlie Gard were
relieved when the British hospital holding the child hostage decided to let the 11-month old live until it has conferred with
Perfidious Albion's High Court. In a statement issued Friday [7/7/2017], Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) added that
it had condescended to inform Charlie's parents of the decision, "and will continue to keep them fully appraised of the
situation." In a sane world most observers would shout, "What [if anything] does the court system have to do with
this kid's care and why are his parents treated as mere bystanders?"
Kind of a Nation Would Kill a Baby in His Mother's Arms? Charlie Gard is eleven months old. He has a rare
brain disease. There is a chance that his life could be saved — at a hospital in America — a
hospital that could provide an experimental treatment. Charlie's mom and dad raised hundreds of thousands of dollars
for the journey. But the British courts said no — a judge ruled that doctors could take the little boy off
life support without parental consent. The doctors say the there is no hope — Charlie cannot breath [sic] on
his own — and he has brain damage. And they say the boy's parents have no right to determine his fate.
Charlie's mom and dad are devastated.
House Members to Introduce Legislation to Help Charlie Gard. Lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation next week
to grant lawful permanent residence to a terminally ill infant. "Our bill will support Charlie's parents' right to choose what
is best for their son, by making Charlie a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. in order for him to receive treatments that could
save his life," Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said in a joint statement Friday [7/7/2017].
Charlie is an 11-month-old British baby with an uncommon genetic condition that keeps him from breathing without help. He
is also deaf and blind, according to USA Today.
World Specialists Recommend Charlie Gard Receive Experimental Treatment. The parents of Charlie Gard are
begging British Prime Minister Theresa May to make good on her statement to Parliament that she was confident the hospital
which is determined to remove Charlie's life support "always will consider any offers or new information that has come
forward with consideration of the well-being of a desperately ill child." In the UK Mail, Connie Yates and Chris
Gard assert that five world specialists have recommend their baby receive the experimental treatment they have long
sought. This is in stark contrast to the official opinion of London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) that Charlie
cannot be helped and attempts to do so could harm him.
Fight for Charlie Gard's Life: Maybe Doctors Aren't Right. Charlie Gard's parents are embroiled in the
fight for their son's life and — importantly — the fight for their right to be parents. Diagnosed
with a rare mitochondrial disease, a condition that disables the cells of the body from functioning adequately, little
Charlie — who is not yet a year old — has been on life support. And the British courts, not his
parents, are assuming responsibility for his life.
Life Support From UK Baby Demonstrates Dangers Of Socialized Medicine. In a heartbreaking case in the United
Kingdom, Connie Yates and Chris Gard just lost their final appeal in battling for their son Charlie's life. This means
the hospital where 10-month-old Charlie has been staying since birth will now legally remove his life support, essentially
euthanizing an infant against his parents' wishes. Charlie was born last August with a rare disease, mitochondrial
depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. Medical staff at the hospital believed
he would not improve and it was best for Charlie to "die with dignity." His parents did not agree, so the case went to a
judge, who affirmed the hospital's recommendation. The European Court of Human Rights concluded that the UK's decision
to deny the couple's right to remove their son from the hospital to obtain care in the United States did not violate the
terms of the European Convention on Human Rights. The UK's system of socialized medicine provided the framework for the
legal system to usurp these parents' rights. It's a two-headed dragon of law and socialized medicine that could easily
pair to usurp parental rights in America as well.
hospital agrees to admit Charlie Gard. A New York City hospital has offered to help Charlie Gard, a terminally
ill British 11-month-old who U.K. and European courts have prevented from being treated abroad. Gard suffers from a
rare genetic condition that has left him brain damaged and unable to breathe on his own. His parents tried to bring him
to the U.S. for an experimental treatment, but that effort that was blocked by the courts after doctors said it would not
Back NHS-Funded 'Womb Transplants' for Transgender People. Leading doctors have said they back NHS-funded womb
transplants for biological males who identify as women, a procedure which experts say will be possible within 10 years.
It is believed that medical funding and advances will make the procedure possible within a decade, after pioneering
operations at the University of Gothenburg on womb-less women have seen at least five children born as a result of a
procedure similar to the one doctors are working towards.
Court Rules To Kill Baby, Denying Parents
the Right To Pay for Surgery. Charlie Gard is a ten-month-old baby who suffers from a rare, crippling disorder called mitochondrial DNA depletion
syndrome. Baby Charlie is condemned to die. But not because of his condition. No, Charlie will die because a judge ordered that he should.
Rules Hospital Can Overrule Parents and Yank Their Disabled Son's Life Support. Charlie Gard, a little baby on life-support with a debilitating genetic
disease, has lost his last court battle. His parents' heroic battle to bring 10-month-old Charlie to the United States for an experimental medication has lost
out to a London hospital evaluation that he deserves "death with dignity." A majority of seven judges in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Tuesday
rejected, as "inadmissible" the plea by Charlie's parents to overturn three rulings in the UK court system against their son. The ECHR had agreed to intervene
June 19th to maintain Charlie's life-support in the interest of preventing "imminent risk of irreparable harm."
vows to help Charlie Gard, the British infant courts say should be allowed to die. President Trump and the
Vatican have spoken out in support of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill British infant whose case has captured worldwide
attention after European courts decided that he could be removed from life support against his parents' wishes. Pope
Francis said on Twitter that "to defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God
entrusts to all." The Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday [7/3/2017] that officials at a Vatican-owned Italian hospital
will ask their counterparts at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital whether 10-month-old Charlie can be moved from that facility
to Rome. On Monday [7/3/2017], Trump tweeted about the case, writing that the United States "would be delighted to" help.
State Tyranny Exposed.
The bureaucracy decided that the parents had no rights in [the Charlie Gard] case. They had raised the money to seek
experimental treatment in the United States, and the British courts decided that, even though there was no cost to the
British taxpayer, the parents had no rights. They couldn't even take their child home to die in peace with his
family. I'm sure the experimental treatment was a long shot. It probably wouldn't have worked anyway. But
God knows, if this were my child, I'd fight to the last, to the most extreme chance possible. The public largely agreed
with them, that's how they were able to raise the donation money in the first place. But the primacy of the State
cannot be questioned by us mere peasants.
seizes moral high ground in Charlie Gard case. The infant lies dying in a government-run hospital ward and the
death panels have declared that no more shall be done to save his life. His parents want to move heaven and earth to
save their child, who doctors say has brain damage after being diagnosed with infantile-onset encephalomyopathic
mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.
responds to Trump's pledge to help her terminally ill son. The mother of terminally ill British baby Charlie
Gard responded to President Trump's pledge to help her son with a message of determination. "If he's still fighting,
we're still fighting," Connie Yates wrote on her Facebook in a post Monday [7/3/2017] sharing Trump's tweet. The
president offered his support for 10-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare condition that causes weakened muscles and
postcode lottery after cash-strapped NHS changes rules to restrict treatment. Childless couples are facing a
new postcode lottery for IVF with many now denied treatment unless they have HIV or cancer. Cash-strapped doctors have
changed the rules for fertility treatment, with some women denied the chance to have a baby except under strict medical
criteria. A North-South IVF divide now means many couples in southern England can have fertility treatment on the NHS
only in 'exceptional' circumstances, such as where a man risks infecting his partner and child with HIV or where cancer
treatment could leave a man or woman infertile.
attackers hold the NHS to ransom with patients turned away and operations cancelled. The NHS has been hit by an
'unprecedented' hack that has shut down computers and cut off phone lines in a cyber attack that could 'endanger lives',
doctors said today [5/12/2017]. Hackers have taken control of computers in at least 40 NHS Trusts across the country
meaning doctors cannot access patients' files which are stored online.
call pregnant women 'expectant mothers' as it might offend transgender people, BMA says. The British Medical
Association has said pregnant women should not be called "expectant mothers" as it could offend transgender people.
Instead, they should call them "pregnant people" so as not to upset intersex and transgender men, the union has said.
The advice comes in an internal document to staff outlining a raft of common phrases that should be avoided for fear of
woman, 43, admits she can't pay £500,000 NHS bill after giving birth to IVF quadruplets. One of the
largest hospitals in the country is chasing a bill of more than £500,000 from a Nigerian woman who gave birth to
quadruplets. The 43-year-old, named only as Priscilla, went into labour three months early shortly after landing at
Heathrow airport in November. She had intended to give birth to the babies in Chicago, in the US, where she has
family — but was turned away by border officials upon arrival. They claimed that although she had a visa,
she did not have required documents from a hospital stating that she had the money to pay for the birth.
boss is watching you: Companies fit staff with tracking devices to they can follow their movements night and
day. Employers across Britain and North America are fitting their staff with wearable tracker devices to
monitor their fitness, productivity and stress levels 24 hours a day. At least four companies — including a major bank
and part of the NHS — are using 'sociometric badges' to measure the conditions of their staff. The credit card-sized
devices created by Humanyze include a microphone that analyses the tone, speed and volume, but not the content, of a person's
voice, scan for proximity to others and measure physical activity and sleep patterns.
number' of hospitals cancelling cancer operations. A "large number" of hospitals are cancelling cancer
operations, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons has said, revealing the depth of the NHS funding crisis.
Clare Marx said cancer surgery was no longer protected in the health service, and that hospitals had been cancelling
operations since the start of the year.
shows mortality rate has almost tripled at NHS trust despite inspectors' intervention. Hundreds of patients are
feared to have died unexpectedly at three NHS hospital trusts since they were put in 'special measures' regimes intended to
make them safer. The three hospitals, which together serve around 1.5 million people across Lincolnshire, East
Yorkshire and Essex, should have improved after hospital inspectors descended in 2013 to put doctors and managers under close
scrutiny. But a fresh study of patient death figures suggests mortality rates have risen.
has become all-inclusive buffet' Katie Hopkins savages 'self-inflicted' health crisis. Katie Hopkins demanded
smokers, drinkers and overweight people should stop treating the NHS as an "all-inclusive" service to stop it facing
financial ruin. The outspoken LBC host also thundered that taxpayers' should not be out of pocket because of
self-indulgence people who lack self-control. [...] Public Health England suggested eight in every 10 people
aged 40 to 60 in England are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise.
Health Care in Great Britain. Back in the day, in 2009 to be precise, Paul Krugman assured us that Great
Britain's National Health Service was well worth being emulated. [...] This absurd conclusion has been debunked so many
times, here and elsewhere, that one questions the need to do so again. And yet, bad ideas die hard, so here are some
new "scare stories" from Great Britain. They tell us that medical care is now being rationed, according to how
overweight you are. If you fall within the category of obesity you will be deprived certain medical procedures.
And you will also give up your right to certain kinds of medical care if you smoke.
praise DIY surgery skills of diabetic ex-soldier, 57, who chopped off his own toes with pliers after his operation was
cancelled. A diabetic former soldier used pliers to cut off his own toes after his operation was cancelled at
the last minute. Paul Dibbins, 57, had been due to have his leg removed below the knee after suffering frost bite on
his feet while repairing a car in wintry conditions. But, when the surgery was called off by the NHS, the fed up
father-of-three decided to treat the condition himself.
crisis plan to cancel operations and appointments as winter draws in. Hospitals are to cancel thousands of
operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS "buckling" this winter, under Government plans. Health
officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from
operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in.
patients and smokers banned from routine surgery in 'most severe ever' rationing in the NHS. Obese people will
be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit
procedures on an unprecedented scale. Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index
(BMI) of 30 or above — as well as smokers — will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid
increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.
'It's like a third world country' Patients hit out at struggling A&E. Patients have blasted a struggling A&E
department and said nurses were seen laughing as beds piled up in a corridor. The under-fire emergency department at
North Middlesex University Hospital, Edmonton, north London has been threatened with closure and patients have been quick to
criticise the service. One of London's busiest A&E departments, Express.co.uk saw patients told they faced a minimum
three hour wait on a quiet Tuesday morning.
Creeping Sharia in Health
Care. [Scroll down] In Europe the situation is even more dire. And pervasive. In the UK, an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient was
forced to wait for care after she fell because the Muslim charge nurse withheld assistance until he finished his prayers. This delay in
care lasted five to ten minutes. The patient died shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, in at least one British hospital, staff were turning
the beds of Muslim patients up to five times a day so patients could face Mecca while they pray. Then staff turned them back when the
patients were finished. Staff were also expected to provide Muslim patients with running water so they can wash their feet before prayer.
And then there is the issue of traditional Muslim attire, much of which doesn't meet standards for infection control. [...] Some Muslimas working in
hospitals in the UK also want sterile hijabs to wear in the operating room and a private place to scrub in so their modesty can be protected.
Some Muslim health care workers also refuse to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer because they claim it is forbidden according to Islamic law.
Payer Government Healthcare Where 40,000 Jr. Doctors Walk Out of ERs. The British government and the
British Medical Association (BMA) have been negotiating a new junior doctor contract for over 3 years. The junior
doctors working ERs and critical care units went out on strike over it — 40,000 to 45,000 of them. When you
have a big government healthcare system with no competition and an endless taxpayer pocket to draw from, you get doctors
going out on strike and abandoning patients — illegally. The junior doctors have been told they will not be
held responsible for any lives lost by their union bosses. They are government employees with the the usual thug union.
faces 'Herculean challenge' amid worsening care and finances. Waiting lists are now the worst they have been
for almost a decade and the NHS faces a "Herculean" task to recover its deteriorating finances without harming patient care,
a leading think tank has warned. The Kings Fund study found two in three senior hospital managers said care for
patients has worsened in the last year, while nine out of ten expect to end the year in the red.
doctors should be completely ashamed by today's strike. The junior doctors' strike that starts today has a
strong claim to be the most selfish and irresponsible piece of industrial action in British history. They are refusing
to carry out even emergency care between 8am and 5pm today [4/26/2016] and tomorrow. This walk out, the first all-out
strike since the NHS's creation, isn't over some issue of high principle. It's about money. The main sticking
point in their negotiations with the government is that Saturday shouldn't be treated as a normal working day.
NHS reels from all-out doctor's strike, GPs shut for bank holiday weekend and patients who stayed away seek treatment.
Casualty units are braced for a five-day onslaught from the sick in the wake of the doctors' strike. Most patients heeded warnings
to avoid A&E during this week's two-day industrial action. But those who stayed away are now expected to seek treatment and the
surge is likely to last until Monday [5/2/2016]. Hospitals will be under extra pressure because of the closure of GP surgeries
over the bank holiday. Staff must also rearrange 125,000 appointments and operations lost as a result of the all-out strike.
doctors go on strike against forcing another 5,000 operations to be cancelled. Junior doctors launched a fresh
wave of strike action today [4/6/2016] cancelling more than 5,000 operations — bringing the total to almost 25,000 since the
dispute began. Medics walked out across England for a 48 hour strike on non-emergency care at 8am in a continued
dispute with the Government over a new contract. Jeremy Hunt announced in February he would impose the deal amid a
continuing row over rates of pay for Saturday shifts.
NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital. A former NHS director died after
waiting for nine months for an operation — at her own hospital. Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting
since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to
go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.
out of four doctors who have been struck off the medical register in the past two years were trained abroad.
Three out of four doctors struck off the medical register in the last two years were trained abroad, new figures have
revealed. Between October 2013 and October 2015, 130 of 176 of those fired qualified overseas, according to Freedom
of Information figures obtained by The Sun. More than a third of doctors in Britain are foreign, according to the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
For Hospital Patients: NHS Trust Introduces 'Multi-Faith Dignity Gowns'. A British National Health Service (NHS) hospital trust has
developed official hijabs which they call "multi-faith dignity gowns" to protect the "modesty" of patients, after local Muslims apparently
complained about standard hospital gowns. The hijabs, which can also function as niqab due to its inbuilt facemask, are now being
offered at two NHS hospitals, the Royal Bournemouth, and Christchurch Hospitals (RBCH), as Muslim women said the traditional gowns made
The Editor says...
If the hospital makes you uncomfortable, don't go there! You know what makes me uncomfortable?
People who would fly an airliner into an office building if they had the chance, just to score points with Allah.
cancer doctor warns health tourists are bleeding hospitals dry with demand for treatment. The NHS has been left
'on its knees' by uncontrolled migration from the EU, a leading cancer expert will warn tomorrow [2/9/2016]. Professor Angus
Dalgleish, the principal of the Cancer Vaccine Institute, says the NHS is being bled dry of resources by health tourists denied care
at home. Cancer treatment can cost £200,000 and, under Brussels rules, Britain has to offer it to all EU nationals.
patients costing Britain four times what they pay into NHS fund through Government's new charge. The cost of treating temporary migrants on the NHS is four times
what is collected from the Government's much-vaunted new charge, official figures show. Eighteen months ago Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt promised the Health Surcharge and
other measures would 'make sure the NHS is better resourced'. But almost a year after it went live, the bombshell figures reveal British taxpayers are still subsidising
the health costs of foreign students and others by hundreds of millions of pounds every year.
Health Care: So Bad, Doctors Don't Even Want To Practice There. As many as 37,000 "junior doctors, or doctors
in training who represent just over half of all doctors in the National Health Service," Reuters reports, have said "they
would stage a 24-hour stoppage next week, followed by two further 48-hour strikes." A walkout of disgruntled doctors, the
first in Great Britain since 1975, would affect nonemergency care and cause surgeries to be canceled, leaving many Brits, who
rely on government health care, to go untreated. Of course, going without treatment is already part of the British health
Great moments in UK dentistry, or
not. In 2009, Paul Krugman assured his readers that government-run healthcare was a good idea, writing that: "In Britain, the
government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We've all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are
false." I guess one could argue that the determination of "scare stories," like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. But if I was
writhing in agony on a street because of a broken leg, I wouldn't be happy with a healthcare system that told me I didn't need an ambulance.
And if I was part of a system that rewarded hospitals for letting old people die, I might be tempted to say that was a scary system. Moreover,
I would be understandably irked if I was stuck with a system for healthcare that treated patients with callous disregard.
NHS plot to slash costs could see YOUR prescription drugs AXED. Some pills currently used for treating conditions including cancer
and Alzheimer's could have their state funding reevaluated as part of a root and branch inquiry to help achieve budget cuts. Top secret
'discussions' reveal that the assessment, which would form part of the Government's overarching spending review, will encompass some "products
currently available under pharmaceutical remuneration", including prescriptions.
UK now has one of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world, according to OECD report. The UK has one
of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world according to a damning new report which said the nation has an
"outstandingly poor" record of preventing ill health. Hospitals are now so short-staffed and underequipped that people
are also dying needlessly because of a chronic lack of investment. The verdict, from the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD), will make embarrassing reading for David Cameron who denied the cash-strapped NHS is
heading for its worst winter crisis.
The Living Nightmare of Socialized Medicine.
Socialized medicine and one-payer system is great if you don't mind:
• Being left blind because you have to wait three years for a twenty-minute surgery
• Pulling your own teeth because you are in so much pain and there is no dentist available due to severe shortage of dentists; there is a good explanation why Brits have such bad teeth
• Waiting 18 months to get a hearing aid
• Being denied a cancer drug because it's too expensive and you are too old
• Delivering your baby in a hospital bathroom with your mom helping you
• Your baby being born in the hospital parking lot because there is a severe shortage of nurses
• There are no beds in the hospital so whatever emergency you have, burns, delivery, stroke, heart attack, broken limbs, you must wait
• "12-minute ambulance ride takes nearly three hours — every time"
• Having your cancer undetected after 50 hospital visits
• Hospital telling you that you must "come back when you are blind"
• Being penali
• ed for paying for your own treatment or drugs
• Being turned away while in labor
• Flying 5,000 miles to escape National Health System's wait
• Suffer mixed-sex ward misery while terminally ill
• Being threatened that your health care will be taken away if you pay for supplemental care yourself
• Drowning in hospital bathtub while in labor and left unattended
• Spending all night on a hospital gurney and ignored
• Being left on a cold hospital floor in your old age
• Having transportation refused to and from hospital because you are in a wheelchair
ObamaCare's True Cost.
Privacy is available, but at a huge premium, for out-of-network physicians. Few can afford this. The upshot is that
the majority, needing someone, lose the ability to pick their doctor. If you have any of what they call "modifiable factors,"
like obesity or diabetes, smoking or drug habit, co-morbidities, irresponsible sexual habits (with or without prophylactics),
instead of being scheduled to see a physician in 18 weeks, you're waylaid, VA-style, months. Years. In the UK,
where nationalized medicine is a divine given, people wait unholy amounts of time to be seen. The latest equipment is rarely
available. The best drugs are nowhere in sight. So care is "free." Yet often, the patient with a curable
condition or illness, or a fracture, if seen within a quick window of discovering the problem, dies. Or fails to recover
fully or optimally.
of NHS doctors registering to work overseas could reach unprecedented record. Doctors seeking to work abroad
must apply for Certificates of Current Professional Status (CCPS) from their regulator, the General Medical Council (GMC).
In just three days last week, the GMC received 1,644 requests for CCPS documents. Typically, it receives around
20 to 25 a day. The extraordinary spike in demand began on 16 September, the day after the
Government confirmed it would seek to impose a new contract on junior doctors, after their union, the British Medical
Association (BMA), refused to return to negotiations. Proposed reforms under the new contract would see juniors
lose out on pay premiums for working weekday evenings and on Saturdays.
left family on the other side of [a] curtain as their mother died. A catalogue of
serious failings by NHS trusts across the country have been outlined in a damning report by the
health service ombudsman. A litany of complaints made by patients and their families, such as a
man with dementia left on a trolley for 33 hours and relatives of a woman forced to listen to her
die from the other side of a curtain, highlight poor complaint handling and failures across the NHS.
The report, published by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, contains the details of
163 investigations into unresolved complaints made over two months last year, including breaches of
cancer waiting times, families resorting to putting their family in private care following unsafe
discharges from A&E on Christmas Day and the death of an unborn baby following missed opportunities
to deliver it early.
has half her face removed after doctor mistakes cancer for hayfever. A young British
woman had to have half of her face removed after severe nosebleeds that were misdiagnosed as
hayfever turned out to be cancer, news.com.au reported.
letters NHS stand for a litany of blame, waste and pessimism. Most people nowadays
expect, eventually, to own a house or flat. Most choose the car they want, the clothes and the food.
They even, increasingly, choose a school for their children. Health is now the only important area where
the great majority is told to take what it is "given" (ha, ha) and be thankful. Lovers of
the NHS say health is "too important to be left to the market"; but food is just as vital as health,
and no one argues that a National Food Service should be the sole supplier of nourishment to 90 percent
of the population. If customers had to wait in Tesco for even a tenth as long as they often have to wait
in A&E, they would be rioting in the aisles. And why, anyway, should what is important in human life be
decided by others? What morality lets you choose who cuts your hair but not who removes your cancer?
on the Horizon? [Scroll down] For example, in the world of socialized medicine,
Great Britain's National Health Services "has started to ration hearing aids for the deaf —
with thousands of people being offered only one device when experts say they need two." In fact,
national health care in Britain "is going through a slow and agonizing death" with overcrowded hospitals,
incredibly long wait times and surgeries being cancelled.
Doctor Calls Free Healthcare Into Question. Britain's most senior doctor has cast
doubts on the sustainability of a healthcare service that is free for all. His comments come at the
same time as UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage called for a debate on the idea of replacing the
NHS with an insurance based system.
accused of 'Rank Hypocrisy' Over Plans to Close Hospitals and Cut Beds. Labour has
been accused of "rank hypocrisy" over the NHS as Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has admitted
that the party plans to close hospitals and reduce the number of beds available if it takes power in
May. His party has attacked both the Conservatives and UKIP over the National Health Service lately,
accusing both parties of wanting to cut funding to the socialised healthcare provider.
of 18 ambulances waiting to drop off patients at hospital as 'not enough staff and beds to treat
them'. Casualty units across England are in chaos and struggling to cope with an
unprecedented surge in patients. Five hospitals have declared 'major incidents' —
usually reserved for air crashes or terror attacks — and cancelled all but the most
urgent operations. At some units patients were told there is standing room only —
and one was seen removing a tube themselves as the wait for a nurse was so long.
with a Muslim colleague ruined my career, says Christian NHS worker. The problem
appeared to be that Miss Wasteney is a Christian and her colleague was Muslim. And her
employer — a health authority in one of Britain's most ethnically mixed
areas — deemed her behaviour to be a case of harassment and bullying.
attempt suicide while on NHS waiting list for psychological help. In the latest
evidence of a hidden mental health crisis, a coalition of leading charities and medical
professionals report that one in 10 patients are waiting for more than a year just to be assessed
for treatment, and one in six made an attempt on their life while on a waiting list. GPs report a
"huge rise" in the number of mental health conditions, which has coincided with cuts to mental
health services and psychotherapy posts in many parts of the country.
Miliband expected to announce taxes on rich to 'save the NHS'. Ed Miliband is expected
to announce that he will use up to £5billion a year raised from taxes on the rich to help
"save the NHS". The labour leader is likely to say that he will use money raised from a "mansion
tax" and bring back the 50p rate to help reduce the "huge pressures" on the NHS. Mr Miliband is
expected to use his keynote speech at the Labour Party conference to announce new policies aimed at
reducing hospital waiting times and improving access to GPs.
crackdown to claw back migrants' £500m in welfare tourism. Migrants who travel
to Britain from outside Europe for NHS treatment will be charged 150 percent of the cost in a new
crackdown on welfare tourism to be unveiled by ministers today [7/14/2014]. Tory Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt said new rules on charging foreign visitors would provide hospital bosses with an
incentive to chase payments. The new measures could help claw back up to £500million spent
by the NHS on treating foreigners.
finds some NHS practices have two year waiting lists. Patients are being struck off by
NHS dentists for failing to attend just one check-up, an investigation has found. Others are
having to travel to surgeries 40 miles away because those nearby are refusing to take on new
patients. Some NHS dental practices have waiting lists of two years which is leading to many
patients giving up and paying hundreds for private treatment.
Jimmy Savile NHS abuse victims aged five to 75.
Ex-BBC DJ Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades of
unrestricted access, investigators say. He assaulted patients in bed, and claimed to have abused
corpses, reviews into his conduct on NHS premises found.
are STILL being denied life-saving operations by NHS despite new laws. The elderly are
still being denied life-saving operations by the NHS despite new laws to prevent age discrimination,
leading surgeons warn. In some areas, no-one over 75 is being offered crucial surgery for
breast cancer and very few undergo bowel cancer surgery or have knee and hip replacements.
families, elderly and disabled being told they must find new GPs. Thousands
of patients are being arbitrarily struck off by GPs who say they can no longer cope with
spiralling numbers. Doctors warned last night that a recruitment crisis has left surgeries with
too few staff. This means they are being forced to 'deregister' patients — many of whom
are elderly and have been with the same practice all their lives.
real reason why NHS is overwhelmed. Yesterday the Mail revealed the terrible
treatment meted out to great-grandmother Lily Dove, who has been told she can no longer visit her
local GP. The surgery said it is unable to cope with a surge in the local population, many of
them workers from Eastern Europe, so was 'de-registering' 1,500 patients. Mrs Dove —
who has lived in the area since 1919 — will find it enormously difficult to travel to
another doctor three miles away.
NHS is the world's best health-care system, says report. The National Health Service
has been praised as the world's best health-care system by an international panel of experts who
said it was superior to those found in countries which spend far more on health. The study,
entitled "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," also described US healthcare provision as the worst
globally. Despite investing the most money in health, the US refuses care to many patients without
health insurance and is also the worst at saving the lives of people who fall ill, it found.
The Commonwealth Fund, a Washington-based foundation produced the report.
families, elderly and disabled being told they must find new GPs. Thousands
of patients are being arbitrarily struck off by GPs who say they can no longer cope with
spiralling numbers. Doctors warned last night that a recruitment crisis has left surgeries with
too few staff. This means they are being forced to 'deregister' patients — many of whom
are elderly and have been with the same practice all their lives.
Big Government Can Seriously Injure Your Health. If you believe the "experts",
statins are the virtually side-effect-free miracle drug which dramatically lowers cholesterol
levels and reduces the incidents of strokes and heart disease. The question is, though, do you
believe a panel of experts who in at least eight cases are known to have ties to the pharmaceutical
companies who make this wonder drug? There are many doctors and academics who don't.
pay for the NHS: New bid to cut the £500million-a-year health tourism bill. The
Government yesterday [6/17/2014] unveiled an initial scheme designed to reward health trusts that
reclaim payments for caring for EU patients. Under the plan, a trust can expect a 25 percent
bonus for each treatment claimed for. The shake-up follows concerns that NHS administrative staff
are failing to use the system for reclaiming cash for treating foreign patients because they cannot
be bothered with the red tape. It follows a series of initiatives by ministers seeking to stop
migrants milking the welfare state.
Healthcare: Up Close and Personal. Since I have relocated to the United Kingdom (via
my current employer), I have had an opportunity to witness the effects of Socialized Healthcare.
England's National Health Service (NHS) was born July 5, 1948. The intent of the NHS was to provide
good free health care services to all. These health services were to be financed
entirely from taxation (citizens pay according to their means). From what I have learned
from the English citizens concerning the NHS (I am eligible for the free service simply by being a
current resident), the beginning implementation appeared to be accomplishing what it was intended
to do (i.e., good free healthcare for all). However, the British Government did not foresee a
healthcare service where the non-tax payers (people on government benefits i.e., welfare) outnumber
the taxpayers. More non-tax payers utilizing the free health service appeared as an unintended consequence.
NHS statins guidance 'risks harming patients'. Millions of people over the age of 50
risk harming their health if they follow new NHS guidance telling them to take statins, leading
doctors have warned the Health Secretary. Proposals to advise 12 million people to take the drugs
could have "worrying" consequences because the plans were borne out of an "overdependence" on
studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry, they say.
Has Left the NHS in Ruins. As a doctor who has worked in the NHS for nine years, the
sight of Ed Miliband in Newark Hospital telling everyone that Labour would deliver for the NHS was
a sight too sore. Labour was a disaster for the NHS in Nottinghamshire yet there was no walk of
shame from the Labour leader, more a conceited swagger and an assertion that the NHS is the left's
territory and will stay that way.
patients 'could be forced to pay bed and board'. NHS patients could be forced to pay
for their bed and board in hospital unless there is a cash injection into health services after the
next election, senior managers have warned. The NHS Confederation, which represents managers, said
that without major reforms and an increase in investment, hospitals would become "swamped" with
patients — while swathes of the population could be left without a GP.
Case' Hospital Turned Around By Private Firm In Two Years. A failing NHS hospital has been voted
the best for patient care just two years after it was taken over by a private company. Hinchingbrooke, was
described as a 'basket case' after running up debts of £40 million, and failing to maintain acceptable
standards, according to the Daily Mail. The hospital which is run by the private firm 'Circle' was assessed
for mortality rates, re-admission rates and speed in dealing with cancer cases. In November 2011 the Health
Minister, the Earl Howe, described the hospital as a "financial and clinical basket case".
privatisation could be just what the doctor ordered. Describing how he dealt with the
opposition of some medical consultants to its creation Labour's Aneurin Bevan declared: "I stuffed
their mouths with gold." It is now revered as our national treasure but time and events have
moved against it. We are living much longer than Mr Bevan could possibly have imagined back in
1947 and are making greater demands on the NHS. Also, because doctors refuse to be used as border
guards, it is difficult to stop foreigners coming here and obtaining treatment from a National
Health Service to which they have contributed nothing.
die of thirst and poor care in NHS. At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from
dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to an NHS study. The deaths from acute kidney injury
could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their
medication, the researchers say. Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to
diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA.
to suffer as NHS is 'about to run out of cash'. The charity claims millions of sick and vulnerable
will face soaring waiting times, cuts in staff and deteriorating" quality of care. Only a "significant"
boost in funding can prevent the crash. Lead report author John Appleby, chief economist at the fund,
said: "There is still scope to improve efficiency in the health service and efforts to release savings
should be re-doubled. "However, it is now a question of when, not if, the NHS runs out of money.
of NHS Cover-Up as Hospitals Accused of 'Fiddling' Death Figures. NHS hospitals have been "fiddling"
their death rate figures by falsely claiming that patients were terminally ill, according to new research.
The new figures, which show that the number of "terminal" illnesses have risen five times since 2006, have
caused concerns that hospitals could be covering up for poor care.
of foreign doctors are below British standards. Half of all foreign doctors in Britain do not have the necessary
skills to work here but can practise because the competency exam is too easy, a major study finds. The majority of the
88,000 foreign doctors in the health service would fail exams if they were held to the same standard as their British colleagues,
according to the research. The disclosure will add to concerns over the reliance of the NHS on foreign doctors. The
language ability of some has been questioned in recent years. The research potentially shows more wide-ranging inadequacies.
NHS ban medicine if you are
'too old' in new attack on Britain's elderly. Older patients would effectively be written off on the grounds that they no longer make a big enough
financial contribution to society. The Department of Health is demanding the changes in an attempt to cut the crippling NHS medicines bill. But
Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients' Association, called the plans "disturbing and discriminatory", adding: "Human life cannot be assessed
in terms of cost and benefit."
Soylent Green Really
Is People. Imagine it's 2014. Nazi concentration camps whose smokestacks emitted the by-product
of incinerated human remains were eradicated more than sixty years before. The only place one
could see such horrors was in old newsreels or science fiction films. Not so fast. It
turns out some smokestacks in the U.K. have been billowing out the burned remains of more
than 15,000 fetuses over the last two years. This would have necessarily included not
only aborted fetuses, but babies that were stillborn or the result of miscarriages as well.
of NHS financial crisis revealed amid looming staff cuts. NHS hospitals face having to cut staff and services amid the worst
financial outlook for almost a decade — with almost half forecasting they will end the current financial year in debt, records show.
Board reports covering all 145 hospital trusts in England disclose that 44 per cent expect to end the year in deficit — with a combined "black
hole" of more than £330 million between them.
anger at NHS plan to harvest private data. Growing numbers of GPs are joining a rebellion against an NHS scheme to harvest millions
of medical records. Unless patients object, officials will start to extract confidential data from their files next month. The
information will be used to improve care and assist research work, health chiefs say. But some family doctors fear the data will be
misused by insurers and businesses.
'writing off' patients who are over 75. Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners
said yesterday [1/22/2014]. They cited figures showing survival rates for British patients aged 75 and over are among the
worst in Europe. Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 percent more likely to die within five years than their continental
counterparts. But pensioners with the disease have 44 percent less chance of survival.
Palin appearing more and more the Prophet as older UK cancer patients are
increasingly shunned. Former Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin caused quite the stir in 2009 when, in
challenging the drafting of the Affordable Care Act, she stated that the bill would create a "death panel" of bureaucrats who would decide whether
Americans — such as her elderly parents or children with certain disabilities were "worthy of medical care." But critics like
Palin had already viewed Britain's National Health Service (NHS) and its cost-effectiveness analysis to determine whether new treatments and
drugs should be available to those covered by under the NHS.
than 11,000 heart attack patients would not have died if British care was as good as in Sweden, study claims. More than 11,000
deaths of heart attack patients could have been avoided if British care was as good as Sweden's, a study has claimed. A third more
Britons than Swedes died within a month of having a heart attack, according to the research on half a million patients. Scientists
from University College London examined death rates in the two countries between 2004 and 2010.
We've got to
dump the 'wonder of the world' myths about the NHS. Dealing with the NHS over a long period can turn you into a tougher person.
It reinforces the universal truth that "if you didn't laugh, you'd cry". Even if the joke is on you.
elderly patients subject to 'chemical cosh' medication soars. Soaring numbers of elderly care home residents and hospital
patients are being physically tied up or subjected to "chemical cosh" medication, shocking research revealed yesterday [1/16/2014].
Lottery of NHS drugs punishes
the dying. Thousands of patients suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses are being denied the drugs they need from
the NHS, according to a report. Even though the treatments have been approved by the health service rationing body, at least 14,000
patients a year are not receiving them.
attend A&E more than fifty times in a year and one even visited 234 times. Some patients attend A&E departments dozens of times a year, increasing
pressure on staff and pushing waiting times beyond the four-hour target, new figures reveal. Nearly 12,000 people visited the same casualty department
more than 10 times between 2012 and 2013, while 150 people made more than 50 visits in that year, information obtained under a Freedom of
Information (FOI) request showed.
'left to die' after being refused funding for chemotherapy treatment. A grandmother has been 'left to die' by the
NHS after being refused life-saving chemotherapy — because her cancer is not 'exceptional' enough. After waiting
eight months for the treatment using 'anti-cancer' drug Ofatumumab, Mary Stanton, 69, was told she was not eligible for it and
there was nothing more doctors could do for her.
harsh truths about the NHS is a bitter but necessary pill. Yesterday [12/11/2013], we were shown a little more about Britain's GP
network. The Care Quality Commission looked into 920 practices and found almost a third failing to meet basic standards. Some of
the practices would disgrace even third-world countries: vaccines stored at unsafe temperatures; patients being seen in rooms without doors.
One clinic was infested with maggots. A quarter of surgeries failed to pass the test for managing medicines. A fifth failed on cleanliness
and infection control. Behind these figures lay some shocking examples.
Migrants will now be forced to pay for A&E
treatment in Government crackdown. Migrants and overseas visitors will have to pay for accident and emergency treatment from the
NHS, the Government announced today [12/30/2013]. [...] Under the changes, migrants and overseas visitors will have to pay for primary care
services such as minor surgery carried out by GPs, while prescription charges will be extended.
A&E winter crisis
deepens. Under-strain A&E units have missed the target to see patients within four hours for the first time this winter. In further sign
of a growing crisis in emergency departments, the NHS in England failed to ensure that 95 percent cases were dealt with within the time limit.
National Health Shambles. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were
abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed
so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all
but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor.
under pressure not to refer patients to specialists, doctors warn. Cost-cutting pressure on GPs not to refer patients to hospital
lies behind delays in ensuring people with cancer symptoms are seen by specialists, doctors have warned. One GP called for the scrapping of
schemes which sometimes pay thousands of pounds in incentives to family doctors who cut the number of patients sent to hospital.
beds mean NHS is operating close to the bone. There is a philosophy taught in business schools called Just in
Time which preaches that factories should be run as leanly and efficiently as possible. Rather than paying to keep people
and machinery on standby you reduce the capacity of a production line to the level at which it can just about cope with demand.
It is a more profitable way to run a factory but I am not sure I would be so keen on the theory if I had been lying in the back of
an ambulance for six hours and 22 minutes waiting for a hospital bed to become free.
spends millions a year on unproven 'crank' therapies. The NHS is spending millions of pounds a year on unproven 'crank' therapies while
denying drugs to cancer and dementia sufferers. [...] Women can get free electrical stimulation therapy if they suffer from urinary incontinence and
mothers-to-be with morning sickness can be prescribed ginger on the NHS. Other alternative treatments available include magnetic field therapy
and tai chi for multiple sclerosis, and aromatherapy for dementia.
figures as patients forced to wait hours in ambulances. Some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals
for hours because accident and emergency departments are too busy to take them, according to research. In one case, a patient in Wales was
made to wait more than six hours before being admitted, while another in England was delayed for more than five hours, the BBC found.
Pensioner left on end of
life pathway for four days. The family of a pensioner who spent four days begging for food and water after he was placed on a controversial
end-of-life programme have accused a hospital of treating him "like a dog". The family of Ron Jee claim the 80-year-old was put on a programme
similar to the Liverpool Care Pathway. This involves the withdrawal of food, fluids and medication for terminally ill patients who often die
within hours of being put on it.
of eye patients are waiting so long for NHS treatment they are going blind. Thousands of patients are needlessly going blind because
they are waiting so long for appointments at NHS eye clinics, a report warns. As many as four in ten eye specialists and nurses admit that their
patients are losing sight unnecessarily as they cannot get vital checks or treatment. The report by the RNIB says NHS eye clinics are struggling
to cope with the rising numbers of elderly patients losing their sight on top of cuts to their budgets.
Our ageist NHS is
failing the people who need it most. If you're going to be ill, my advice is simple: do it in Hackney. At the very least,
make sure you're not living in Leicestershire. For every pound per person spent on health care in Hackney, Leicestershire gets just 59 pence.
If you're going to get cancer in the West Midlands, do it in central Birmingham, where the spend per head is £10,052, not in Herefordshire,
where it is £5,092. Oh, and I should mention that Herefordshire has nearly three times as many patients per 100,000 people on the
cancer register as Birmingham. Yes, you read that right: half the funding, but three times the relative number of patients.
investigate claims NHS staff were bullied into falsifying cancer waiting times. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found "inaccuracies" with
waiting time data relating to cancer treatment at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. The chief inspector of hospitals said that
patients' lives may have been put at risk so the trust could give an impression it was meeting waiting list targets. Essex Police said that it was
examining whether a "criminal investigation" was needed.
raise alarm about long A&E waits, high death rates and staff shortages. One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to offer safe,
good-quality care to all its patients, a damning report has shown. Out of 161 trusts in England, 44 have now been labelled as 'high
risk', with serious concerns raised about their performance. Shockingly, a number of the hospitals now marked out as risky were classified 'safe'
as recently as earlier this year.
NHS pulls the
plug on its £11 billion IT system. A plan to create the world's largest single civilian computer system linking all parts of the National
Health Service is to be abandoned by the Government after running up billions of pounds in bills. Ministers are expected to announce next month that
they are scrapping a central part of the much-delayed and hugely controversial 10-year National Programme for IT.
NHS to employ
1 in 8, account for half of UK budget. The King's Fund has showed that the UK is spending more than twice as much of its national income (nine
per cent) on health and social care than it did 50 years ago. PMLive reports that taking into account economic growth and current levels of
taxation and expenditure, this would mean 50 per cent of total public spending would be used within health and social care by 2060.
wife rescues him from 'negligent' hospital. A police chief's family 'smuggled' him out of a hospital where he was being treated after claiming that the
NHS was making him worse. The wife of Metropolitan Police superintendent Clive Wakeley pushed his wheelchair and told their children to 'run'. Since
fleeing hospital last week, Joanne Wakeley says her husband's condition has improved.
NHS patients 45% more likely to die than in US.
Patients are 45% more likely to die in NHS hospitals than in US ones, according to figures revealing how badly England's health service compares with those of other countries.
Previously unpublished data collated by Professor Sir Brian Jarman over more than 10 years found NHS mortality rates were among the worst of those in seven developed countries.
NHS 'bans' GPs
from carrying out minor operations on patients who smoke unless they promise to quit. Patients are being denied minor treatments because they
smoke, The Mail on Sunday has found. In one case a healthy middle-aged man was told he could not have a ten-minute operation to cut a small benign
growth off the side of his head, because of his habit.
The NHS 111 service has
been a disaster from the start. Once again, we are left rubbing our eyes in disbelief at the utter shambles that passes for the
administration of a public service. The NHS 111 service, which answers non-emergency calls from the public, is close to collapse after
its main provider pulled out. NHS Direct, which originally won 11 of the 46 contracts to provide the service around the country,
has abandoned them, saying the deals were 'financially unsustainable'.
NHS waiting lists are longest in five years.
Almost 2.9 million people are on a waiting list for treatment at NHS hospitals — the highest level in five years, according to official figures. The
number of patients waiting to be admitted for operations or other treatment in June was a quarter of a million higher than in the same month last year, official figures show.
British Health Care
Predictably Running Out Of Money. How bad are things in Great Britain's national health care system? Bad enough that
officials are now recruiting cheaper foreign doctors to save money.
Medicine In Britain: Unmitigated Failure. A new report on Britain's National Health Service notes that as many as 13,000 needless
deaths have occurred in 14 NHS hospital trusts since 2005. This is no fluke. It's the result of socialized medicine, done by experts.
Did Kate Middleton Use
the NHS? Of Course Not. Naturally, Kate Middleton opted out of Britain's "world class" National Health Service for the
delivery of her baby. According to the Daily Express, a suite at the private Lindo Wing of London's St. Mary's hospital
costs £6,265 per night — and this "excludes consultants' fees." Middleton's total bill is expected to come to
around £12,000 ($18,500). A poll conducted by ICM revealed that "37 per cent of the British public think that
she should be having her firstborn on the National Health Service, believing it would send a powerful symbol if the new third in
line to the throne was a child of the NHS."
face postcode lottery for cataract treatment, charity claims. Cataract sufferers are four times more likely to be offered operations in
some parts of the country than others, according to research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The study also revealed sharp
discrepancies in how long patients can be expected to wait for surgery.
day of shame over the NHS. Labour faced its 'darkest moment' yesterday [7/15/2013] over its stewardship of the Health Service as a
devastating report laid bare an appalling catalogue of failings at 11 hospitals where 'thousands' of patients needlessly died. Voters are
told that Labour is the only party in whose hands the NHS is safe, but David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt said the study proved the opposite to be true.
Labour had presided, they said, over a culture of 'cover-up' where targets were more important than people and ministers' reputations more important
facing eight-hour waits in ambulances outside A&E departments. Sick patients have been forced to wait up to eight hours
in ambulances queuing outside Accident and Emergency units amid a crisis in the system. [...] Official figures from eight of England's
ten ambulance trusts show that in 3,424 patients waited more than two hours before "handover" to hospital staff during 2012/13 — compared
with 2,061 such patients the year before.
13,000 died needlessly
at 14 worst NHS trusts. The NHS's medical director will spell out the failings of 14 trusts in England, which between them have
been responsible for up to 13,000 "excess deaths" since 2005. Prof Sir Bruce Keogh will describe how each hospital let its patients down badly
through poor care, medical errors and failures of management, and will show that the scandal of Stafford Hospital, where up to 1,200 patients died
needlessly, was not a one-off.
No politician dares to admit the terrible truth
about the NHS. Really, the saga of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has progressed from tragedy through scandal to farce, and has now plumbed
astonishing new depths of moral and political squalor. For at the weekend, after the revelations of the cover-up over deaths from negligence at Morecambe
Bay hospitals, we learned just what happened to Kay Sheldon, a non-executive director at the CQC, when she tried to bring to light failings at the regulator which
were putting patients' lives at risk. And now we also know — just as had been suspected from the start — that the culture of bullying,
intimidation and lies in the NHS reached to the very top.
Anybody with a computer can now read the weekly exposés of the much-admired British government's health system, with dirty,
overcrowded hospital rooms; spreading antibiotic resistance; poor treatment for older people (who don't have enough QALYs left on
their life tickets); and deliberately uncontrolled immigration to bring in cheap Labour voters. These are all in our future.
If the NHS is the
envy of the world the world is bonkers. I'm trying to think of professions where killing people wins you promotion, a higher salary and a
bigger pension. Apart from the military, the only one I can think of is the National Health Service.
wards overflowing means desperately ill treated in cupboards and corridors. Emergency patients are being given lifesaving care in corridors and store
rooms every day because hospitals cannot cope. Scores are feared to have lost their lives or suffered serious harm. One patient left in a hallway for
two hours without appropriate treatment died after having a heart attack. While staff attending him were cleared of any blame, half of all casualty nurses
report seeing patients being cared for in areas not designated for treatment on a daily basis.
NHS is fatally unsafe — and our politicians are doing nothing to change that. Our once unimpeachable NHS, which no one dared give
anything but gushing praise to, now seems constantly in the news for appalling failings in the most basic standards of human decency. So how do our
politicians respond? The latest reports that hospitals become fatally unsafe at weekends, when top doctors go AWOL, follows admissions that many A&E
units are treacherously overloaded.
The Coming Obamacare Disaster.
London's Daily Mail has chronicled the growing problems with the NHS, which include declining quality of care and availability of
services coupled with increased costs. This is what is in store for us, if Congress does not repeal Obamacare.
The NHS, the drug firms
and the price racket. Drug companies face accusations of secretly colluding with pharmacists to overcharge the NHS millions of
pounds, following an undercover investigation by The Telegraph.
Coming Soon to the U.S.: Two-Day Waits for Doctors?
Remember back when Obamacare was still being touted as the next big thing that would both save money and create universal access to health care?
You know, that false dawn before even the law's administrators were hoping it doesn't immediately degenerate into "a third-world experience"?
Stories abounded about how Canada and England showed just how it could be done. Here's the latest on basic care from Great Britain's fabled
National Health Service [...]
Preview: 100 patients a day wait an hour or more in ambulances outside hospitals. Up to 100 patients a day are being forced to wait
more than an hour in ambulances outside overstretched A&E units. More than 37,000 people needing urgent treatment were held in so-called
ambulance 'jams' last year — with delays of up to four hours recorded at some hospitals.
Welfare State is protecting callous and incompetent staff. Scandal follows scandal — and yet hardly anyone ever
seems to be held to account.
Stafford scandal: Jeremy Hunt
calls for police inquiry into NHS. Police should investigate the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients at the Mid Staffordshire NHS hospitals
in the wake of the public inquiry, the Health Secretary says.
Health Care System: Its Problems Continue. More than 101,000 NHS workers responded to a survey that asked them if they
agreed with the following statement: "If a friend or relative needed treatment, I would be happy with the standard of care provided
by this organization." While 63% said they agreed or strongly agreed, 12% said they disagreed or strongly disagreed while a quarter,
reports the Daily Mail, "did not 'express a preference.'"
Bad care is inevitable in the NHS.
Imagine if everything at Tesco's was free but rationed, and subject to delivery delays of several months. Then throw in the fact that there are no
other free alternatives. You would have a nightmare on your hands — huge queues, attracted by the free goods, then further stretched
by the long delays. Imagine how the staff would then behave — harrassed by the limitless demand of customers, but also in a
tyrannical position of monopoly power, because there is no alternative provider.
Hospital scandal: the scandal that shamed the NHS. Hundreds of hospital patients died needlessly. In the wards, people
lay starving, thirsty and in soiled bedclothes, buzzers droning hopelessly as their cries for help went ignored. Some received the
wrong medication; some, none at all. Over 139 days, the public inquiry into the Stafford hospital scandal has heard
testimony from scores of witnesses about how an institution which was supposed to care for the most vulnerable instead became a place
Patient care must be
the primary target. The neglect, cruelty and incompetence that characterised the way that so many patients at Stafford hospital
were treated by its staff has been catalogued by Robert Francis's inquiry, as we report today. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is
correct when he states that what happened in that hospital was "simply not worthy of a civilised country".
ill baby forced to wait for 12 hours in A&E. A seriously ill baby was forced to wait in an Accident and Emergency ward for more than 12 hours
because there were no suitable beds available anywhere in the UK. The shocking case emerged as specialists yesterday warned the Department of Health about
a national shortage of intensive care beds for children this winter.
The world has changed — and so must
the NHS. Patients with certain conditions face a 40 percent greater chance of dying if they are unfortunate enough to be admitted to hospital at
in hospitals 'leaves elderly heart attack and breast cancer victims to die'. The elderly are being denied life-saving
treatment for heart attacks and surgery following breast cancer, a report warns. It reveals the extent of age discrimination
across the NHS, with doctors making 'inaccurate assumptions' about patients based on their dates of birth. This year the Government
promised to end ageism in the Health Service and introduced laws that enable the elderly to sue if they are unfairly refused treatment.
3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards. Nearly 3,000 patients are dying a year because of needless
hospital blunders, figures reveal. Another 7,500 are severely harmed after being wrongly diagnosed, given incorrect drugs or poorly
cared for. Experts warn that such mistakes will increase because already overstretched staff will be unable to cope with the higher
numbers of patients coming into hospitals.
Another British Healthcare Horror Story: [Scroll down] Keep
in mind, by the way, that the Liverpool Care Pathway is sort of akin to the IPAB "death panel" in Obamacare. Defenders of government-run
healthcare say that's nonsense and assert that there won't be any rationing, denial of care, or requirements for euthanasia. That's
technically true, but the Obamacare death panel will be determining what's an acceptable treatment and what's the government-approved payment
Sadistic Brutality of England's Government-Run Healthcare. My final reaction is to wonder what Paul Krugman would say about this
scandalous neglect and mistreatment. During the Obamacare debate, he told us we could ignore stories about what was happening across the
ocean, writing that "In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We've all heard scare stories about how
that works in practice; these stories are false."
From Healthcare to Holocaust. [Scroll down] Of
course, such sacrifices are often couched in the language of compassion. Hitler called his euthanasia program "mercy killing." In 2012 Great Britain, it's
called the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). Originally created to help cancer sufferers during their last days, the LCP, which withholds lifesaving care from heavily
sedated patients, has been expanded well beyond its inventors' intentions. According to British neurologist Dr. Patrick Pullicino, today 130,000 National Health
Service (NHS) patients, many of whom are far from death, are shown to an early grave each year via the LCP; 29 percent of all deaths under NHS care can be attributed
to euthanasia. Likewise, the Netherlands, with its ObamaCare-style short-term care and Bismarck-style long-term care systems, has some of the most liberal abortion
and euthanasia laws on the planet, including one allowing physicians to euthanize "suffering" infants with their parents' consent.
those on Liverpool Care Pathway never told. Almost half of dying patients placed on the controversial Liverpool Care
Pathway are never told that life-saving treatment has been withdrawn, a national audit has found. The study suggests that in
total, around 57,000 patients a year are dying in NHS hospitals without being told that efforts to keep them alive have been stopped.
Rewarding Hospitals to Let Old People Die?
I'm talking about the government-run healthcare system in the United Kingdom, which apparently is bribing hospitals to make greater use of the "Liverpool Care Pathway," which is the UK version of a death panel.
patients experience 'contempt and cruelty', says Jeremy Hunt. In the worse cases staff have overseen "a kind of normalisation
of cruelty", Jeremy Hunt told an audience of health professionals at The King's Fund, a London-based think-tank. Managers were so
"buried in spreadsheets" that they had become "blind" to the fact that patients were not being treated with dignity or respect, he said.
Poor care had become "perhaps the biggest problem of all facing the NHS", Mr Hunt claimed in his strongest speech yet on the NHS, almost three
months into his tenure as Health Secretary.
sick babies go on death pathway. Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on
controversial 'death pathways'. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly
and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients
as well as severely disabled newborn babies.
This Is Your Life under Obamacare.
[Scroll down] Patients can starve to death in the NHS or leave medical care with malnutrition:
Malnutrition killed more than 240 patients
on NHS wards in 2007, the highest toll in a decade, figures show.
The appalling statistics reveal that the number of men and women starving to death
in hospitals has risen by 16 percent since Labour came to power.
Since 1997, 2,311 hospital patients have died from malnutrition and the effects of hunger.
There were 209 cases in 1997, when Tony Blair was elected under a pledge to save the NHS.
Ten years later the toll was 242.
From Healthcare to Holocaust. [Scroll down] Of
course, such sacrifices are often couched in the language of compassion. Hitler called his euthanasia program "mercy killing." In 2012 Great Britain, it's
called the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). Originally created to help cancer sufferers during their last days, the LCP, which withholds lifesaving care from heavily
sedated patients, has been expanded well beyond its inventors' intentions. According to British neurologist Dr. Patrick Pullicino, today 130,000 National Health
Service (NHS) patients, many of whom are far from death, are shown to an early grave each year via the LCP; 29 percent of all deaths under NHS care can be attributed
to euthanasia. Likewise, the Netherlands, with its ObamaCare-style short-term care and Bismarck-style long-term care systems, has some of the most liberal abortion
and euthanasia laws on the planet, including one allowing physicians to euthanize "suffering" infants with their parents' consent.
In Britain's Liverpool Pathway We Get A Preview Of Obmacare [sic] And Hell.
It is well known that about 30% of medical expenditures occur in the last year of life. I view this a tautological dodge because you
usually don't need a lot of medical care until you are near death and as no one knows which is the last year of their life it is a pretty
useless metric... unless you can designate with certainty the last year of a patient's life and then set out to minimize costs during that
Hospitals bribed to put patients on pathway to death. Hospitals are paid millions
to hit targets for the number of patients who die on the Liverpool Care Pathway, the Mail can reveal. The incentives have been
paid to hospitals that ensure a set percentage of patients who die on their wards have been put on the controversial regime.
Rat in theatre leads to 40 operations cancelled at King's Mill.
Operations at a Nottinghamshire hospital were cancelled after a rat was found in an operating theatre. A spokeswoman from King's Mill Hospital, in
Mansfield, said the rodent had entered the theatre last Monday night [11/5/2012] when the room was not in use. Pest controllers were called into
the hospital and as a result, about 40 operations had to be cancelled.
doctors putting patients on 'death lists' that single them out to be allowed to die. Thousands of patients have
already been placed on 'death registers' which single them out to be allowed to die in comfort rather than be given life-saving
treatment in hospital, it emerged last night. Nearly 3,000 doctors have promised to draw up a list of patients they believe
are likely to die within a year, Department of Health figures showed yesterday [10/16/2012].
Die? Try Government-Run Healthcare in the United Kingdom. I'm not a fan of the American healthcare system. It suffers from huge
inefficiencies because of problems such as third-party payer, which is caused by government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid along with a
system of tax code-driven over-insurance in the supposedly private sector. But regardless of how much I grouse about the damage government causes
in the United States, I can say with considerable confidence that the government-run system in the United Kingdom has even larger problems.
hospital has 40 percent death rate after abdominal ops. More than four in 10 patients undergoing abdominal surgery at one hospital in
the UK die within 30 days, according to figures described as "shocking" yesterday [9/20/2012]. The death rate for the emergency surgery is
12 times higher than at the best performing hospital, where just one in 28 patients dies. But patients have no means of knowing which
is the safer hospital, as the research does not name the trusts involved.
Patients starve and die of
thirst on hospital wards. Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards,
new figures disclose today [10/6/2012].
NHS and US health system 'should share ideas'. The US health system and the NHS have
much to learn from each other, experts say.
Medicine Is Enough To Chase Away British Doctors. Britain is suffering from an exodus of doctors. If America
doesn't want physician flight in its future, voters will have to turn President Obama out of office this fall so that repeal of
ObamaCare can be possible.
lives at risk in NHS hospital wards 'on brink of collapse'. Some hospitals narrowly avoid "catastrophe" every weekend, research by
the Royal College of Physicians has found, because doctors' shifts are limited by the European Working Time Directive and they do not want to work
anti-social hours. Some are "struggling to cope" with the volume of older patients. Many are discharged in the middle of the night or
shunted around "like parcels" to free beds for new arrivals.
The NHS did not deserve
to be so disgracefully glorified. Kane [Gorny] was a promising footballer with a bright future ahead of him until he was admitted to
hospital. He died of thirst a couple of days later. [...] Kane even went to the extreme length of calling 999 from his hospital bed so
desperate was he for a drink during his visit to hospital for a hip replacement in 2009. Yet when the police arrived, the nurses ushered them
away, assuring them that the young patient was confused. Within a day he was dead. Dead because NHS hospital staff refused to give a
sick man a glass of water.
The Editor says...
But then the nurses were arrested the next day for manslaughter, right? Somehow that part was left out of the story.
virus kills young mother, 28, after doctors kept saying it was indigestion. A young mother died from a heart
condition after doctors repeatedly told her she only had heartburn when she complained of severe chest pains. Gemma
Jones, 28, had suffered crushing agony in her arms, abdomen and chest for months before she collapsed and died at her home.
NHS staff drive fleet of
taxpayer-funded luxury cars. National Procurement, a branch of the NHS National Services Division, arranged for staff who are deemed to
be "regular users" of cars for business to get the cars through a taxpayer-backed vehicle-leasing scheme. The role of National Procurement, which
is funded by the Scottish Government, is to buy medical supplies for the NHS, and to "increase savings" for the health service.
Hospitals 'letting patients die
to save money'. Hospitals may be depriving elderly patients of food and drink to hasten their deaths as part of cost-cutting measures
to free up bed space, leading doctors warn.
patients are being 'deprived of food and drink so they die quicker and free up bed space', claim doctors. Hospitals may be
withholding food and drink from elderly patients so they die quicker to cut costs and save on bad spaces, leading doctors have warned.
Thousands of terminally ill people are placed on a 'care pathway' every year to hasten the ends of their lives. But in a letter to the
Daily Telegraph, six doctors who specialise in elderly care said hospitals across the UK could be using the controversial practice to ease
the pressure on resources.
Killing the Elderly Is Old News for
Britain's NHS. Last week's story here that Britain's National Health Service euthanizes 130,000 elderly folks a year is no surprise.
Last year, a major report cited the socialist health-care agency for neglecting the elderly under its care. The neglect was so severe that doctors
began prescribing drinking water to patients because they would otherwise die of thirst. In other words, nothing changes in Britain, no matter how
bad the abuses are. That is the lesson to be be learned about nationalized health care. Euthanasia, as well, killed the patients more quickly
than simple neglect.
Why NHS is on the critical list: The NHS is the
last Soviet-style nationalised industry. It gobbles up a sixth of all Government spending and is exempt from "the cuts" because it is such a
political hot potato. Before global warming it was the nearest thing we had to a substitute religion. It can still do no wrong, despite the
fact that MRSA in filthy hospitals has killed more patients than Dr Harold Shipman. It is also grotesquely uncommercial, despite being by far the
largest business in Britain.
doctor's chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year. NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of
thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday [6/18/2012].
Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial 'death pathway' into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.
Death Panels After All?. There's an explosive
story out today in the Daily Mail over in the UK claiming that Britain's National Health Service euthanizes 130,000 elderly patients a
year. This claim doesn't issue from some loopy former governor of an arctic province; it comes from professor Patrick Pullicino, a
consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent.
Why the UK Is Ditching
Socialized Medicine. While Greece and its financial problems receive some media coverage in the
United States, there is a much bigger story flying under the mainstream media radar: in Britain, Prime
Minister David Cameron has introduced a bill seeking to partially privatize the National Health Service (NHS).
Why? Because the British government is "hoping to avoid a Greek-style financial meltdown."
Obamacare's stench grows even worse.
Great Britain began practicing socialized medicine through the taxpayer-funded National Health Services in 1948. And
indeed, one of the first U.K. studies on the emigration of their native-born physicians, "British Doctors at Home and Abroad,"
published in 1964, noted that, beginning in the 1950s, their docs were leaving for "high-income" countries at an alarming rate:
"Many of them stressed the wider field of work they could undertake in general practice abroad and criticized the limited role of
the general practitioner in England." And nearly half a century later, Britain's "brain drain" continues.
strike will hit thousands of NHS operations, says Andrew Lansley. Thousands of operations will
have to be cancelled because of next Wednesday's strike, the Health Secretary has warned. Calling on NHS staff
to "carefully consider" their decision to take action, Andrew Lansley urged them to "put patients first". The
Department of Health estimates one in five NHS staff could strike on November 30, which officials think might
lead to a 20 percent drop in capacity.
a patient in a British hospital? Then take them food and water, just to be safe. While GPs are
preparing to go on strike, and consultants and nurses ratchet up their attacks on the Coalition's proposed
reforms to the NHS, four Britons are dying of dehydration and malnutrition in hospital each day. Few deaths
can be as agonising as those caused by lack of liquids and nutrients, yet few deaths are as preventable.
NHS computer system is scrapped. The Coalition will today [9/22/2011] announce it is putting a
halt to years of scandalous waste of taxpayers' money on a system that never worked. It will cut its
losses and 'urgently' dismantle the National Programme for IT — a monument to Whitehall folly
during Labour's 13 years in power.
Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate
orders. The orders — which record an advance decision that a patient's life should
not be saved if their heart stops — are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the
patient or their relatives. On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with
the patient or their family, according to the NHS's own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely
admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.
Pain And Suffering.
Recall the complaints that the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world that doesn't provide universal
medicine? So how's that arrangement working elsewhere? Rather poorly, particularly in Britain.
Efficiencies in Health Care? Not Likely. If the British experience is any indication,
generic drugs and expert commissions will do little to lower costs.
apologise after they missed 39 chances to diagnose tumour that killed pensioner.
Health chiefs have apologised to the family of a woman whose lung cancer was missed — even
though she was seen by doctors 39 times in three years. Jean Cross, 60, died alone
in a hospital toilet after being misdiagnosed with a 'frozen shoulder' when she actually
had a tumour so large it was pressing into her arm.
by the Labour Party, NICE decides which treatments and medications are to be utilized by the NHS based on the
principle of "the greatest good for the greatest number." Of course, this is not determined in a solely
arbitrary fashion. Specific formulas are employed to monetize the value of life. Subjective judgments
regarding "quality of life" and "suffering" are simmered down to a neat mathematical theorem by which life-sustaining
treatments are awarded.
Bitter irony of
socialized medicine. A former director of Britain's National Health Service, which runs the
country's socialized medicine system, has died while waiting 9 months for an operation. The UK Daily
Mail reports: ["]A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation — at
her own hospital.["]
The Tea Party rose in reaction to bad policy.
Nikki Phelps struggled against kidney cancer for 10 years, depleting the life savings of her family and
eventually causing them to sell their home in order to supply her with Sutent, a common treatment for cancer.
Her insurance company refused to buy the drug. Her insurance company was the government of England, which
through its National Health Service, refused to supply her with this drug. She died this spring.
reaching 'breaking point', doctors warn. The NHS could soon reach 'breaking point' due to
increasing demands on the service, cuts in doctors' hours and financial cutbacks, senior doctors warned.
wouldn't the NHS save our child? Ruby's parents raised £170,000 for lifesaving cancer treatment
in America — then learnt the NHS could have treated her all along. Shockingly, it's a story being
repeated across Britain.
fury as teenage daughter dies just days after doctors sent her home. A schoolgirl suffered
multiple organ failure and four heart attacks just days after doctors sent her home with paracetamol and
told her to take 'plenty of rest', an inquest heard. Amy Carter, 15, begged doctors not to discharge
her, telling them 'I'm dying' but medics assured her she would be fine. She developed septicaemia
after being released by doctors who had diagnosed her with glandular fever.
Presidency. [Scroll down] Since the NHS was established in 1948, hospital beds
have dropped from over 800,000 to 160,000, while the number of bureaucrats has expanded to nine for
each patient. Tales of patient abuse are a never-ending, almost daily occurrence. A week
ago, the Daily Mail featured a story about a young woman who entered an NHS hospital with excruciating
head pain. Assuring her that it was merely a headache, the staff dumped her in a ward. It
was actually a rare brain infection. When she began screaming uncontrollably as her brain was
crushed against the inside of her skull, the staff tied her to a bed and left her. The next
time they checked, she was dead.
Whistling past the death panel.
[Dr. Donald] Berwick believes that the British system is "not just a national treasure; it is a global
treasure." By selecting Berwick, Obama has confirmed that he basically agrees. Those of us who, by
contrast, think the British system represents a future that does not work should do everything within our power
keep America free from what Anderson aptly calls "Obama's and Berwick's disruptive designs."
Malevolent Neglect. Much has
been written about the substandard care and appalling conditions that led to the premature deaths of as many as 1,200 people
at Stafford Hospital in England. As the story unfolds, it appears that the government's insistence that this was
an isolated circumstance, not indicative of the National Health Service (NHS) as a whole, is a pitiful excuse bordering
nurse ordered to remove crucifix. A Christian nurse was 'forced to choose between her job and
her faith' after being ordered to remove her crucifix at a hospital where Muslim staff wore headscarves
unchallenged, a tribunal heard yesterday [3/29/2010]. Shirley Chaplin, 54, said she had been wearing
the religious symbol around her neck without complaint for 31 years before she was ordered to
hide it away.
IslamoCare: The UK Department
of Health recently announced that it would loosen hygiene rules for Muslim and Sikh doctors and nurses.
From now on, Muslim female staff will not need to wash their hands before procedures as it compromises their
modesty. Instead, they will have the admittedly less sanitary option of wearing disposable plastic
about The Religion of the Easily Offended.
An English Perspective
on Health Care: It is bemusing for an Englishman to hear President Obama tell stories of woe
where Americans have been subjected to "unnecessary procedures" and "five tests instead of one," when people
in England are finding it difficult to get approved access to necessary procedures and probably
wouldn't mind a few extra tests.
of NHS bureaucrats increases six times as fast as number of nurses. The workforce of bureaucrats
in the NHS is growing six times as quickly as the number of nurses, according to official figures. While
the number of health service managers went up 12 percent in one year, the number of nurses increased by
less than 2 percent — and the number of health visitors plummeted.
by 'lazy' nurses, man, 22, dying of thirst rang the police to beg for water. A man of 22 died in agony
of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital. Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he
rang police to beg for their help. They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under
Our Thelma and Louise
moment. Last week brought bad news for universal health care. On Friday [3/5/2010], the Daily
Telegraph exposed Britain's National Health Service's secret plan to close hundreds of hospital wards after
the next general election. Massive budget shortfalls will force Britain's government-run health care
system to take this highly unpopular step in order to constrain costs.
Brits' Dirty Laundry:
American health care is not British health care, at least not yet. But if Democrats get their way, this
country will rush to adopt a system much like the one that is killing people in Great Britain.
Labour hid ugly truth about
National Health Service. Damning reports on the state of the National Health Service, suppressed
by the government, reveal how patients' needs have been neglected. They diagnose a blind pursuit of
political and managerial targets as the root cause of a string of hospital scandals that have cost thousands
15, had leg amputated after doctors dismissed her cancer. A teenage cheerleader had to have her
her leg amputated after doctors missed her cancer four times — telling her it was 'growing pains'.
Shannon Corr, 15, repeatedly visited GPs for over a two-month period complaining of agonising pains in her
right knee and shin that left her struggling to walk.
people die from malnutrition a year in NHS hospitals,' claim Tories. Almost 50,000 Health Service
patients a year are dying while suffering from malnutrition in hospitals in England, shocking figures suggest.
A Government report says official statistics which claim that just 239 people a year die from malnutrition
in hospital are 'very misleading'.
hospital care horrific — report. An independent inquiry said on Tuesday [2/23/2010]
it had found "shocking" standards of care at a National Health Service (NHS) hospital trust in the Midlands,
including patients being left unwashed for up to a month.
to 1,200 needless deaths, patients abused, staff bullied. Not a single official has been
disciplined over the worst-ever NHS hospital scandal, it emerged last night. Up to 1,200 people lost
their lives needlessly because Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust put government targets and cost-cutting ahead of
patient care. But none of the doctors, nurses and managers who failed them has suffered any formal
Scandal of lawyers' NHS payout bills. The cost of
fighting clinical negligence claims against the NHS is soaring and most of the payouts are going in the
pockets of lawyers, figures show. In one case, a law firm received 58 times as much as the
victim. In each of the past five years there have been examples of lawyers receiving more than
10 times the sum paid to the victim in compensation.
sorry saga of the NHS and my year undercover in hospitals. Sometimes, it's the little things that offer the
greatest insights. I was standing in a store cupboard with two outraged nurses. It was dark and stuffy, but
the nurses had insisted I inspect the soap. It looked normal enough to me, but that was the problem.
beaten cancer, then doctors wrongly told him it had returned. A grandfather who beat cancer was
wrongly told the disease had returned and left to die at a hospice which pioneered a controversial 'death
pathway'. Doctors said there was nothing more they could do for 76-year- old Jack Jones, and his family
claim he was denied food, water and medication except painkillers.
is paying millions to gag whistleblowers. NHS whistleblowers are routinely gagged in order to
cover up dangerous and even dishonest practices that could attract bad publicity and damage a hospital's
Annals of Government Medicine. Hospital
conditions in the United Kingdom are frequently appalling, but the Basildon and Thurrock University National Health Service
Hospitals are especially bad, with hundreds of preventable deaths occurring yearly.
crew barred from helping girl 'because they were having their lunch'. Ambulance staff battling
to save a nine-year-old car crash victim were told the nearest back-up crew could not help as they were on
their lunch break. Bethany Dibbs was struck by a car as she crossed the road on her scooter and ended
up in a coma with a fractured skull.
Iraq war veteran dies after being given smoker's cancerous lungs in transplant. An Iraq war
veteran died after a hospital transplant gave him a pair of cancerous lungs donated by a smoker.
72, loses leg after hospital misdiagnosis. Doreen Nicholls, 72, had her healthy leg amputated
below the knee after she was wrongly told she had cancer.
baby 'left to die' by doctors. A young mother's premature baby died in her arms after doctors refused to
help because it was born just before 22-week cut-off point for treatment. Sarah Capewell, 23, gave birth to her
son Jayden when she was 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy. Although doctors refused to place the
baby in intensive care, Jayden lived for two hours before he passed away at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston,
Norfolk, last October.
Daughter saves mother,
80, left by doctors to starve. An 80-year-old grandmother who doctors identified as terminally
ill and left to starve to death has recovered after her outraged daughter intervened.
and neglectful' care of one million NHS patients exposed. One million NHS patients have been the
victims of appalling care in hospitals across Britain, according to a major report released today [8/27/2009].
safety at risk after number of medication errors doubles in two years. Patient safety is being
put at risk because of medication errors which have more than doubled in two years, a report has shown.
More than 86,000 mistakes including drugs being given to the wrong person or the wrong dose being administered
were recorded in a year.
Reform's Dead End.
Can a day go by without the British producing another story highlighting the disaster of their government-run
system? In the latest installment, we find that care for the dying might be a cause of death.
babies born in hospital corridors: Latest figures show that over the past two years there were at least:
• 63 births in ambulances and 608 in transit to hospitals;
• 117 births in A&E departments, four in minor injury units and two in medical
• 115 births on other hospital wards and 36 in other unspecified areas including corridors;
• 399 in parts of maternity units other than labour beds, including postnatal and antenatal
wards and reception areas.
Kidney cancer patients
fail to win appeal for expensive drugs on the NHS. Hundreds of patients with kidney cancer will
continue to be denied expensive drugs which could prolong their lives, despite an appeal by patients' groups.
NHS is flawed. Here's the evidence... The NHS is a cherished institution. But it can
no longer remain immune to such heartfelt anger from those that need it most. A relic of a bygone age,
it needs drastic surgery to ensure more flexibility, more freedom for innovation and more competition.
The End of Socialized
Medicine? Michael Moore's SiCKO is opening in Britain this week, but the British are not amused.
Anyone can extol the virtues of universal government-furnished health care, they say, when they have never
had to use it.
and Friends Won't Have a Health Care. Rest assured, if Congress embraces a government health
care plan based on the British system, that's exactly what we'll get. And friends of Obama won't have a
health care in the world.
Socialized Medicine on
Display. Deaths involving Clostridium difficile in England and Wales doubled from 3,757 in
2005 to 8,324 in 2007, the vast majority of them elderly people, before a decline last year. It appears that
while restaurants are prosecuted for unsanitary conditions, hospitals are not.
Kidney cancer patients denied life-saving drugs by NHS rationing body NICE.
Thousands of kidney cancer patients are likely to lose out on life-prolonging drugs. The NHS rationing body,
NICE, has confirmed a ban on three out of four new treatments. It has reversed its position on just one,
Sutent, which will now be allowed for patients with advanced cancer.
Single Payer Systems Kill.
Before American voters embrace either Hillary Clinton's universal-health scheme or Barack Obama's somewhat
less dirigiste single-payer proposal, they should consider the avoidable deaths that plague the mother
of all state-run medical programs: Great Britain's big-government National Health Service.
Low-quality, taxpayer-funded health care killed more than 17,000 Britons in 2004, according to the
TaxPayers' Alliance in London.
complaints against the NHS soars. More than 20 percent of those who complained about
GP service said that the diagnosis of their illness had been incorrect or delayed because of the lack of
time. Most of these cases involved the eventual diagnosis of cancer.
A New Medical System Is Needed — for the
British Nation. [Scroll down] Many more doctors and nurses have been hired. Unfortunately their
productivity has declined, as the number of patients seen by each physician has declined over the same
period. Britain has imported more than 20,000 physicians from Third World countries in the last three
years, as after sixty years of experience the NHS has failed to attract and retain British physicians.
Lose Shot at Longer Life in U.K. Cuts. Jack Rosser's doctor says taking Pfizer Inc.'s Sutent
cancer drug may keep him alive long enough to see his 1-year-old daughter, Emma, enter primary school. The
U.K.'s National Health Service says that's not worth the expense. Rosser, 57, was told the cost of
Sutent, $4,650 per treatment for his advanced kidney cancer, was too high for the NHS — the government
agency that funds the nation's health care. The resident of the town of Kingswood, in southwest
England, has appealed the decision twice, and next month may find out if his second plea is successful.
Dying father ignored for six hours.
Clearly suffering, Stewart [Fleming] was clutching a note from his doctor saying he must be seen IMMEDIATELY.
But the railway signalman, 37, was left to die as a deadly virus ravaged his body and one by one his organs
A statistical analysis of NHS performance in a European context since 1981.
Britain's National Healthcare Looks Like Medieval
Medicine. Victims left for hours covered in blood, denied pain relief; elderly cancer patients
lying in their own filth; dirty, chaotic wards akin to "war zones"; a shortage of basic equipment, including
trolleys and thermometers; shouting nurses; ill-trained, badly supervised medics; disease outbreaks;
starvation and dehydration; mounting piles of dead... Scenes from a hospital in war torn Chechnya,
perhaps? Mugabe's Zimbabwe? Romania in the days of Ceaucescu? The aftermath of
Antietam? The Middle Ages? Why, no. This was an English hospital the day before
It's Time to Give
Up on Britain's National Health Service. Our National Health Service just turned 70! According to a recent
article in The Guardian by Polly Toynbee, The NHS is our religion in the UK and that's why the conservative government
can't destroy it. Of course, the Conservative government have never actually tried to destroy the NHS. They haven't
even reduced the amount spent on the NHS. They haven't even halted increases in healthcare spending. The only thing
they have done is reduced the rate at which spending is going to continue to increase.
Chilling Thing': Doctors Look To Starve People. Only days after a British court authorized doctors and family
members of seriously brain-injured patients to decide to starve them to death, a proposal has been submitted by the British
Medical Association to extend the authorization to those with dementia or other degenerative diseases. According to the
Christian Institute, the proposal from the BMA would extend to doctors the right to withhold food and water from patients who
still could live for years. They would do that by calling food and water "medical treatments." The BMA plan states
the options should apply to patients with recognized degenerative conditions "such as advanced dementia, Parkinson's or
Huntington's disease or stroke patients with 'rapidly progressive brain injury." The idea drew immediate horror from
people who have been incapacitated at times but have recovered.
promise of Medicare for All is remarkably misguided and unrealistic. [Scroll down] Take Canada's single-payer
program, which is one of the closest models to Medicare for all and is also called Medicare. It doesn't cover vision, dental,
long-term care or prescription drugs. As a result, two-thirds of Canadians buy private plans. And about 15 percent
of the nation's health costs are paid out of pocket. In the United Kingdom, nearly 11 percent of Brits buy private
insurance, despite the country's single-payer National Health Service. They do so, as the Commonwealth Fund put it, to get
"more rapid and convenient access to care" than they can through the government-run program. Britain is actually moving in
the opposite direction of Medicare for All advocates. As the NHS suffers chronic shortages, lengthy delays and treatment
denials, the country's private health care market has been growing rapidly.
judge orders disabled 22-week pregnant woman to have abortion. A British judge ordered Friday that an abortion
be performed on a mentally disabled woman who is 22 weeks pregnant, despite objections from the woman and her mother.
Justice Nathalie Lieven admits in the ruling of the "heartbreaking" case that it's an "immense intrusion" to order the
abortion against the woman's will, but argued that it's in the best interest of the woman.
of NHS founder Nye Bevan died from lung cancer after a series of blunders at two hospitals, inquest hears. The
great-nephew of NHS founder Nye Bevan died after a series of blunders at two hospitals treating him for lung cancer, it
emerged last night. Roderick Bevan died because doctors at both trusts failed to tell him he had the disease or treat
it. By the time they realised their mistake, in January last year, the condition was terminal and he could not be
saved. A coroner has ruled that the blunders amounted to neglect, and Mr Bevan, a retired caretaker, would have
survived had he received radiotherapy.
Doctor Under Investigation for Praying With Patients. A British doctor is under investigation because an
atheist organization lodged a hearsay complaint about his praying with a patient. Dr. Richard Scott, 58, a general
practitioner and partner in Bethesda Medical Center in Margate, England, stands accused of having made a "highly vulnerable"
patient feel "discomfort at the use of prayer," according to the complaint, which is based on an account provided to the
National Secular Society (NSS) by an alleged acquaintance of the patient. "The acquaintance told the NSS that the
patient felt unable to express discomfort and was not able to raise the matter formally or change GP practice," said the group.
Doctor Refuses To Call 6-Foot-Tall Bearded Man "Madam." Instantly Loses His Job. Dr. David Mackareth, a
Christian doctor residing in the U.K. has lost his job after he stood on his principles and refused to call a 6-foot-tall
bearded man "madam," stating he couldn't do so in good conscience due to his beliefs. This is the kind of insanity the
world is embracing right now. Sooner or later the bubble is going to burst and we'll all wake up from this nightmare
and sanity will be restored.
loses government job after refusing to 'call any 6-foot-tall bearded man "madam"'. The 56-year-old physician,
who was working as a disability benefits assessor for the Department of Work and Pensions, reports that a superior asked him,
"If you have a man 6 foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as 'she' and 'Mrs.,' would you do that?"
According to the outlet, Mackereth — a 30-year veteran of the health care industry — said that he would
not use transgender pronouns and insisted that the concept of transgenderism is a "delusional belief" that he "disbelieve[s]
and detest[s]." Mackereth — who now works as an emergency doctor in Shropshire — said that he
was previously warned that he was discriminating against people by invalidating their preferred gender pronouns and that he
could eventually lose his job as a result if he did not call transgender people by their preferred names.
Is Out-Performing The "Medical Paradise" Of Canada In Procedure Wait Times. In the course of every debate about
Medicare in the United States, someone on the left will eventually bring up Canada. Glorious Canada, where medicine
flows freely down panacea rivers and Canadians don't have to pay a dime for it. Only none of that is true. It's a
horrendous healthcare system with horrible wait times, excessive costs via taxes, and you're forced to pay for everybody's
bad decisions in regard to how they lived their life. Regardless of this being the reality, leftists like Sen. Bernie
Sanders will tell you how much better Canada's healthcare system is as opposed to America where, from the sounds of it, we have
people dying in the streets over it. This is odd, seeing as how in Canada you may be waiting quite a bit for care once
it's proven that you need it.
year waiting times for NHS gender identity clinics, amid unprecented demand. Record demand for help from NHS
gender identity clinics has seen waiting times reach more than two years, an investigation has found. Services said an
"unprecedented rise in referrals" meant the time to see a specialist had doubled within a year at Britain's main centre.
The figures show more than 5,700 people waiting for a first appointment at Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust, an all-time
high. Less than a year ago, its average waiting time was just over 12 months.
a Good Thing I Don't Live in the Country with the 'Best Medical Care'. [Scroll down] I do not understand
how any voter can consider electing someone who threatens to destroy the health care we now enjoy. Medicare for all
will eliminate private insurance and these moronic politicians also want to give illegal immigrants, who have no right being
here to begin with, all the same benefits. Open borders are just plain suicidal. Speaking of that horrible word;
there has been a rash of suicides in Britain of nurses who are overwhelmed by the NHS with long hours, low pay and shortage
of qualified staff. The NHS is dealing with an average of 1388 patients every three minutes. Bernie Sanders and
the other 2020 candidates expect taxpayers to empty their pockets for their utopian dream that simply will never exist.
a fork in Liz Warren, Medicare-for-All has cooked her. If Medicare-for-All is implemented, wave goodbye to
consumer choice and say hello to rationed care and longer wait times to get medical treatment and prescription drugs.
But don't take my word for it, take a glimpse at how socialized medicine is working in neighboring Canada. Last year
the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian think tank, reported the median wait time to see a general practitioner is
8.7 weeks. To see a specialist is an additional 11 weeks. That's nearly 20 weeks before a Canadian
citizen can get the care they need. Now consider if you or a loved one has a life-threatening illness like cancer where
the disease will likely advance while waiting months before the bureaucracy hopefully signs off on treatment.
Left England Because of Socialized Medicine. My Life Depended on It. It was a Friday. After work, I
walked into an urgent care clinic to set up an appointment with a neurologist. I knew how easy it is in the United
States to see a doctor, so I thought this would be no different. I would go in, get a recommendation, and walk out with
a name and number to call on Monday for an appointment possibly in two weeks' time. Sadly, that was not the case.
The doctor said, verbatim: "I can recommend a neurologist for you. I will say, she's pretty booked so you won't
see her for at least nine months."
Coping With the NHS:
A (Very) Personal Story. It was a few hours after an operation on my sinuses, my first experience of hospital
surgery for many years. All had gone swimmingly well, but, for some peculiar reason, I just couldn't urinate. And
I couldn't be discharged until I did. Clearly, I was letting people down and holding others up, and the nurses outside
my door were discussing it all and wondering what to do next. In my defense, a general anesthetic can do weird things
to you. For example, it seems that a lot of people feel nauseated afterward and start vomiting, or get dizzy and
confused, or suffer muscle aches and chills. Then there are more serious outcomes: One in 19,000 patients
experiences "intraoperative awareness" — the horrifying condition of being conscious during the procedure and
feeling acute pain but being unable to signal anything to the surgeon. Worse still, about one in every 100,000 people
fails to wake up at all. In the case of my operation, there was also an outside chance that I'd lose my
eyesight, suffer brain damage, or contract meningitis.
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