Monday, May 07, 2007

OOPS! Good News/Bad News

In all fairness, parts of this story could have happened here in the 'States; so for once, we're not picking on the NHS:
So the good news is that he doesn't have cancer, but the bad news is that he thought he did. Having seen what happens to those unfortunate enough to suffer pancreatic cancer (not to mention those loved ones left behind), this is no laughing matter. But it's also a warning that, when faced with a "fatal diagnosis" (okay, no diagnosis ever killed anyone, but it's a great turn of phrase, no?), a second opinion would seem to be in order, wouldn't it?
The story doesn't elucidate on this point, but it seems to me that, had a second opinion been sought, a whole lotta trouble could have been avoided:
"John Brandrick, 62...decided to spend his remaining time in style, quitting his job and spending his savings on hotels, restaurants and holidays."
Now he's seeking restitution from the medical providers who "done him wrong." Given that this is a government-run operation, however, one has to wonder about his odds:
For its part, the hospital (The Royal Cornwall Hospital's NHS Trust) declaims any negligence. Since I'm neither a Barrister nor a Solicitor, I have no idea whether or not that will prove to be an insurmountable defense. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
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