Thursday, January 3, 2008

Still think government provided heathcare is a good idea?

Think again. MK over at Conservative Thoughts links to a couple of articles in the UK's Daily Mail.

How doctors lie on death certificates to hide the true scale of the toll from hospital infections

Joan said: "I fear this kind of cover-up is happening at hospitals all over the country. I miss Edwin terribly, but the way we lost him and dishonesty by the hospital about the real cause of his death has made it all much worse for me and my family. I was desperate to bring Edwin home. The hospital was dirty. I found a used syringe under the bed, soiled cotton wool pads left on his floor and there were human faeces smeared on the door. Looking back, it is no surprise he caught a superbug."

Devolution has created four different NHS systems - and England is 'poor relation'

Devolution has led to a system of medical apartheid, with four different National Health Services across the UK, a senior health official has admitted.

Labour's changes mean that patients in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are now receiving completely different standards of care.

MK's thoughts:

One state charged with providing healthcare, but four different standards, and judging by the first story, it sounds like these four are a choice between really-bad, you-might-die, just-go-to-a-third-world-hospital or stay-at-home-and-ride-it-out. A few thousand years ago the Greek philosopher Aristotle said “That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.” A lesson we seem unwilling to learn.

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