The blogger Raedwald wrote a piece about the failings of the NHS. I’ve reposted it with my own comment as it hits the spot with what I have seen going wrong with the NHS as well.
Having seen recently how state-run hospitals treat the vulnerable, I’m more than ever in favour of breaking up the NHS. The NHS has failed, it has become a costly monolith that no amount of money or re organisation can sort out. It needs to be junked and a replacement found, one that doesn’t allow the state itself to run the hospitals. Like many state industries the NHS suffers from not having to consider what the customer wants.
The NHS is also a sclerotic inefficient bureaucracy, the like of which no other country has copied. The state-run NHS has also invested heavily in bells and whistles technological medicine but appears to have given up as unncessary the idea that someone should be cared for in a humane manner whilst they are in hospital.
The NHS is not run for the benefit of the patients (especially those who have over time paid in the most to the NHS via tax and National Insurance), but for the benefit of the staff. The idea that the patients are customers who’ve paid in to what they thought was an insurance based service, seems to be anathema to NHS staff, from the highest manager filling in their time with worthless diversity consultations, right though to the nurse who can’t be arsed to leave the nurses station.
Here’s an excerpt from Raedwalds’ article:
“If you’re old, if you’re sick, if you’re inarticulate or incapacitated, if you haven’t got a sharp-elbowed champion to protect you from the NHS, then avoid hospital admission like Ebola. An NHS where consultants are the new GPs and the average junior doctor has about as much knowledge of medicine as a PC World salesboy has of motherboards, where nursing staff have never been so highly paid or so poorly vocationally committed, where staff have to be coerced to wash their hands, and where basic human dignity has little place. If you’re inconvenient, a nuisance or they simply can’t make a diagnosis, you risk being placed on the Liverpool Death Pathway, deprived of food and water and drugged to the point of unconsciousness until you die. It’s less offensive than the method used by the T4 clinics to euthanise patients – an exhaust hose from a truck – but none the less effective.
More and more frequently one hears from friends, relatives and colleagues or reads in papers of all flavours of the deaths of relatives or spouses from lack of care at the hands of the NHS. Even as I write, hundreds of older people, many who served this nation in the last war, are being shepherded towards institutional death. How many would have fared better at home, cared for by relatives, with visits from a wise GP? How many would have recovered, won another decade of quality life? Of course there are few wise GPs left. “
If you don’t understand the T4 reference in Raedwalds piece then that is alluding to a street in pre war Berlin Tiergartenstrasse 4 where the Nazi ‘doctors’ planned and controlled the operation to kill Germany’s disabled population.
More information about this can be found at the US Holocaust Museum site below but for a more detailed account I would advise that you read ‘Death and Deliverance – a study of Nazi euthanasia’ by Michael Burleigh – ISBN 0330488392
Details of Aktion T4