Thursday, January 15, 2015

MVNHS© In The News

Since it's been a while since we've reported on the Much Vaunted National Health Service©, seems like it's a good time to catch up:

1 - Co-blogger Bob alerts us to this alarming news:

"More than 3,000 operations have been cancelled by the NHS in the first two weeks of [December] as an "unprecedented demand" takes its toll."

Here's the deal: When something is "free" (or, more precisely: perceived as free) then more folks are going to want it. After all, why would anyone in their right mind leave money (or health care) "on the table?"

It also points out that nationalized health care schemes do nothing to rein in demand, and by extension, cost.

2 - FoIB Peter K explains why the folks mentioned above may have been lucky to have been put off:

"A six-week-old baby was killed by her bipolar mother after she stuffed pages from the Bible into the infant's mouth, while supposedly in the care of bungling NHS staff."

What difference which book was used seems irrelevant and unhelpful; the important information here is that careless (overworked?) staff allowed such a person unfettered, unsupervised access to a vulnerable patient in their charge.

Could it happen here? Of course, but the difference is that this seems to be a pattern for MVNHS© folks:

"Other fatal errors by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust included the shocking loss of records detailing an attempt by Lovemore in 2006 to smother her first child."

And that was just this one family.

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