The British National Health Service

Introduction:
Even if the Obamacare system of socialized medicine eventually works as intended, which will never happen, it will look a lot like the system already in place in England.  And how is England's system working?  Not too great.

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Wasting Lives:  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 yesterday.

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.

Number of 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.

Cancer Patients 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 collapsed.

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.

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.

Obama 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.

The 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 assessment areas;
 •  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.

The 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.

'Cruel 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].

Patient 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.

Premature 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.

Ambulance 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.

Sick 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.

Grandmother, 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.

He had 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.

NHS 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 reputation.

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.

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.

The 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.

UK 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.

Up 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 sanction.

Cheerleader, 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.

'50,000 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'.

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 of lives.

Neglected 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 control.

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.

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.

Number 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.

Christian 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 over-sleeves.

More about The Religion of the Easily Offended.

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 on criminality.

Parents' 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.

Obama's Failing 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.

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.

NHS 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.

Why 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.

Futilitarians.  Established 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.["]

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.

New Efficiencies in Health Care? Not Likely.  If the British experience is any indication, generic drugs and expert commissions will do little to lower costs.

Doctors 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.

£12bn 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.

Pensions 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.

Visiting 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.

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.

Top 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.

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.

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.

Elderly 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.

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.

Heart 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.

Socialized 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.

Patients' 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.

UK 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.

3,000 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].

Want to 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.

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 period.

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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2223286/Hospitals-bribed-patients-pathway-death-Cash-incentive-NHS-trusts-meet-targets-Liverpool-Care-Pathway.html

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.

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.

NHS 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.

Now 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.

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.

Half of 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.

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 schedule.

The 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."

Ageism 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.

Nearly 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.

Seriously 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 the weekend.

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.

Stafford 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 of danger.

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".

The 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.

Britain's 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.'"

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 [...]

Obamacare 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.

The 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.

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.

NHS emergency 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.

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.

Obama's Perversity.  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.

Patients 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.

Patients 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.

Labour's 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 than care.

NHS Socialized 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."

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.

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.

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.

Police chief's 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.

Inspectors 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.

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.

Police 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.

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.

Thousands 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.

NHS 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.

'Alarming' 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.

GPs 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.

Fewer 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.

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.

Telling 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.

Patients 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.

Grandmother '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.

Numbers of 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.

More 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.

NHS is '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.

Scale 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.

Growing 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.

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.

Fears 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.

Half 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.

Thousands 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.

Millions 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.

'Basket 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".

NHS 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.

Labour 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.

NHS 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.

Socialized 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.

New 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.

Statins: 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.

Migrants will 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.

Britain's 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

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.

Elderly 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.

NHS 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.

Investigation 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.

Thousands 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.

Ed 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.

Queue 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.

Praying 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.

Top 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.

Labour 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.

The 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?

Euthanasia 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.

NHS 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.

Woman 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.

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.

Numbers 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.

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

Secret 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.

NHS: 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.

Britain's 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 care experience.

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.

Top 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.

Migrant 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.

Three 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.

Hijabs 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 them "uncomfortable".

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.

Junior 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.

Former 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.

Junior 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.

As 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.

Single 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.

NHS 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.

Exclusive: '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.

NHS 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.

Obese 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.

Rationing 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.

Doctors 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.

Report 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.

'NHS 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.

Your 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.

'Large 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.

Don't 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 causing offence.

Nigerian 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.

New 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.

Cyber 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.

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.

Court 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."

Trump 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.

Trump 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.

Mother 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 organ dysfunction.

Doctors 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.

Yanking 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.

New York 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 help him.

Five 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.

The 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.

What 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.

Two 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.

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.

The Charlie 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?"

Judge 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.

ITV 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 Information request.

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.

Charlie 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 the Blob.

NHS 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:  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.

The 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.

Charlie 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.

Baby 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.

Secret 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.

Charlie 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.

Charlie 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.

More about England's National Health Service:  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]



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