Thursday, December 23, 2010

MVNHS©: Achoo!

It seems that the Much Vaunted National Health System© is woefully unprepared for the massive outbreak of flu currently sweeping The Empire (exacerbated, no doubt, by the feet, er, meters of global warming piling up on its roadways and runways):

"The NHS Direct helpline is at ‘breaking point’ as parts of Britain experience the worst flu outbreak in a decade.

Patients calling the service are being forced to wait up to two days before they can speak to a nurse, and managers have launched an emergency recruitment drive."

Interestingly, the Service is itself digging deep, shoveling out almost $300 an hour to doc's in the most brutally-affected regions. That's interesting because it means that the doc's understand their own value to The System, and that System has no choice but to comply.

One wonders if there isn't a larger lesson here.

On the other hand, it's hard to know which is scarier: that the Brits are experiencing the "worst flu outbreak in a decade" on the one hand, while on the other "ministers and leading doctors insist the outbreak is ‘no worse than usual."

Cognitive dissonance: (apparently) not just a theory.

Wonder if that's a covered condition.
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