UK’s NHS Tells Old People To Go Blind

So is it free health care, if there is no health care? Thousands in Britain left to go blind due to eye surgery rationing: Report.

The Times newspaper said a survey by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) found tens of thousands of elderly people are left struggling to see because of an NHS cost-cutting drive that relies on them dying before they can qualify for cataract surgery.

The survey has found that the NHS has ignored instructions to end cataract treatment rationing in defiance of official guidance two years ago.

The NHS isn’t following its own guidelines because it is expensive. (Not really.)

The Telegraph has mostly disappeared behind a paywall, but their story Elderly go blind as NHS ignores eye surgery rationing advice has an interesting take on the costs.

The comments came after guidance that said removing cataracts was almost always a good use of resources, and could even save money by preventing older people from falling.

But if they save money on accidents that didn’t happen, they can’t count that in their annual performance review. Besides, if the managers of NHS didn’t stop surgeries and ration medicines, exactly what would they do to make themselves feel more important than the doctors?

Hat tip to The Pirate’s Cove and Weaselzippers.

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The UK’s National Health System: Killing People for Socialism

Do you expect government-run medicine to be different from the Dept. of Motor Vehicles? Welcome to Socialized Medicine.

A 94-year-old grandmother died after NHS medics sent her home because she was ‘too old’ for an operation on a varicose vein.

She bled to death when that vein (really a lump) ruptured and paramedics could not get to her in time.

And…

Last November, Lancashire Police were asked by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to investigate alleged incidents in their stroke unit.

Why people think putting the .gov in charge of health care is a good idea is beyond me.

Having Insurance Is NOT the Same As Having Health Care

All health care in Canada is paid for by the state. Universal insurance coverage. Too bad they can’t get actual health care. Glace Bay ER rarely open in 2019: Temporary closures due to lack of available doctors: NSHA .

In January, the ER was only open for 10 day shifts out of 31 days and it was closed every night.

In December, the emergency department was closed for 14 day shifts and open for 17 but it was closed for all 31 night shifts.

So far in February, it closed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 and isn’t scheduled to reopen until Feb. 18 at 7 a.m.

There are no doctors available to cover these shifts, according to Nova Scotia Health Authority Eastern Zone spokesperson Greg Boone.

Say it again – there are no doctors available for the Emergency Room.

If you are smart enough to be a doctor, you are smart enough to have other options. And being tied up with one of the largest bureaucracies in your country may not be appealing. The situation is that there are 3 hospitals that have closed their ERs and are sending people to the “regional” hospital. So you say, “Problem solved!” But that longer drive causes problems for their 911 service – the ambulances spend more time on the roads, and the regional hospital has a lot of delays, because now they are stuck with lots of “extra” patients in their ER.

Lack of Care and Overcrowding: The Joys of Socialized Medicine

Canadian-style care. Hospital crunch: Navy veteran finally gets bed after 6 days in hallway.

A 77-year-old man spent 6 days on a hospital gurney in the hallway. Apparently because the bean-counters lost track of him.

“The patient was moved from three different units so we lost track of the total number of days he’d been in hospital. So we lost track of how long he’d been in hospital, and that was our mistake,” said [Mark Blandford, the hospital’s Director of Clinical Operations].

Nurse’s union president, Christine Sorensen, says that overcrowding in hospitals is a fact of life across British Columbia. Why? Because government control. No private organization can spend money to fill a need (not allowed!), and the .gov doesn’t really care. (If they cared, overcrowding wouldn’t be a problem.)

The UK and the Difference Between Health Insurance and Health Care

Insurance means someone – in the case of the UK – that is the .gov – will pay. But if you can’t find a doctor… Why young doctors are quitting the medical profession in droves.

You go to college. You go to medical school. You spend a lot of time and money. Then you quit?

There are a couple of anecdotal stories in the article, but the statistics tell the story.

The General Medical Council reports that a quarter of young medics feel ‘burnt out’ by the strains of the job, according to a new 70,000-person survey, while in 2017, only 43 per cent of junior doctors stuck to their NHS career path after finishing their first two years of training, down from 71 per cent in 2011.

That’s right. More than half, nearly 6 out of 10, doctors leave the NHS after 2 years. Some leave medicine. Some go to other countries to practice where the conditions are better, even if the cases are harder.

And as more leave sooner, that knowledge is percolating down to the folks who are deciding whether or not they should go into medicine.

So what happens when you can’t find a doctor? What happens when the bureaucrats push people out of medicine? If you’re smart enough to be a doctor, then you probably have other choices.

There is already a shortage of medical professionals in the NHS – both doctors and nurses. This won’t make the situation better.

UK’s NHS Tries to Stop Killing People

Or something like that. NHS trusts will be forced to publish concerns raised by staff and patients in wake of Gosport scandal.

In June this year, it emerged a hospital GP presided over an “institutionalised regime” which saw more than 600 patients have their lives cut short after they were prescribed powerful painkillers without medical justification, a report found.

656 people were killed, basically by drug overdose. Whistle-blowers were kept quiet.

The report said that there was “disregard for human life” and and it told how patients who were viewed as a “nuisance” were given drugs on syringe drivers which killed them within days.

Say it again. In the world of socialized medicine, patients are not customers, just nuisances. They stand in the way of meeting quotas and keeping costs down.

And the authorities were not exactly on top of the situation.

It also criticises Sir Peter Viggers, former MP for the area, who the panel said repeatedly played down what had happened, questioned the need for inquiries and made clear he supported the hospital.

In part because NHS is the Sacred Cow of the UK.

Or, in the words of a Chicago political observer, “Don’t make no waves. Don’t back no losers.”

Bureaucratic Delays In Socialized Medicine Cost People Their Lives

As has been noted elsewhere, there is no incentive to keep sick people alive. They just cost the system more money. Hundreds of pancreatic cancer patients denied life-saving surgery because of delays.

Survival rates drop from 22.3% to just 2.3% if people are not diagnosed quickly and gotten to surgery quickly.

A new report by Pancreatic Cancer UK warns that patients often have to wait months for tests to determine whether they are eligible for surgery by which point it is often too late. Two thirds of patients who could be treated with surgery do not recieved an operation.

The UK’s NHS can move faster, but moving fast is not the standard mode for a large bureaucracy.