Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Latest MVNHS© Scandal

Talk about a long weekend:

"More than 3,000 patients are dying every year because of short staffing in hospitals at weekends."

In fact, a recent study found that more Brits die due to understaffed hospitals than accidents, primarily because there's a shortage of experienced physicians.

Sound familiar?

And the problem just keeps getting worse for the Much Vaunted National Health Service©:

"Just weeks ago, another study found the out-of-hours GP service was not fit for purpose as trusts were not checking whether stand-in doctors could speak English properly and even whether they were medically competent."

This on the heels of a visiting German doc who, on his very first shift, managed to kill a senior citizen. The underlying problem is that the service just doesn't pay enough for experienced physicians to work a weekend shift.

There's an easy fix, though: just be sure to put off "heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, some cancers and aortic aneurysms" until Monday.
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