Thursday, August 28, 2014

MVNHS© Rocket (but not Cancer) Surgeons

First, the good news: 66 year old Roger Mollison is cancer free.

That's good news because the folks who run the Much Vaunted National Health Service© don't exactly have a great track record when it comes to cancer care. The not-so-great news is that, despite their "best" efforts, they couldn't cure Mr Mollison of cancer.

Mostly because he didn't have cancer in the first place:

"Doctors at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee told Mollison to prepare for the final nine months of his life after diagnostic testing revealed a deadly case of mesothelioma"

Imagine the sheer horror of receiving such a diagnosis, and then undergoing years of debilitating (and expensive) chemo, hoping that it will buy at least some time.

And then learning that, contra the original diagnosis, he didn't have the dread disease after all. And just how did he learn this?

Sadly, you probably won't be surprised:

"It wasn’t until he received a second opinion in accord with a claim he was filing ... that he learned that he was not suffering from mesothelioma but rather a non-life-threatening asbestos-related illness."

Where's Emily Litella when you need her?
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