PHEW.. Well that really shut me up! Stephen, I am
SO sorry that you have had such a awful experience, and I can see and understand
your anger/grief! To be honest I wasnt really trying to hold up the UK NHS as a
good example, it is phenomaly underfunded, and riddled with probelms, but I'm
sorry but you are really so wrong. There are problems, and I won't say I havent
heard OTHER horror stories, but please... think about it... there is NO other
option than a state funded health service. The point I was trying to make was
that our poor friend Ted is suffering and that in a sensible society, he should
recieve the treatment he needs with no question as to his means.
Was it Andy Warhol who said that he was expected to
sign an insurance form before he recieved treatment for his gun shot
Seriously my American friends, what happens in an
car (or lawnmower) accident when someone hasnt got insurance? Do they
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2006 12:20
Subject: Re: [LOOP] OT -- A GUITARISTS
SECOND WORST NIGHTMARE
I won't hesitate to echo the urgency of Get Your Hand
Treated Properly - but I cannot agree with holding the UK's National Health up
as a beacon for anything but negligence and waste. They spend most of
the money they skive off the public purse on high salaries for executives, and
wasted something like £400m last year alone. The whole thing's a
bureaucracy so big one can hide behind it, and claim "it was someone else's
job". They almost killed me TWICE due to careless (and later stupidly
defensive) medication - only saved by the fact that my wife was with me and
kept on them to just do their bleeding jobs; and the negligent staff at the
NHS killed my mother-in-law this past November, via the
just-shoot-her-up-and-walk-away-so-who-cares method (Midazolam, administered
without telling us, she was dead in 16 hours, supposed to be given with a
crash cart ready in case of shock, and there was nobody with her when she
died). We now understand that an awful lot of elderly folks don't come
out of the hospital in the UK, a statistic that's just coming to the
surface. And that's without MRSA, a problem caused by a lack of hygiene
on the part of cleaners and nurses (though they were quick to put up these
alcogel wash-up stations for everyone to use, as if dirty hands were the
problem, an attempted projection on US when it's THEM causing the cleanliness
problem through their own sloth). The NHS is a disaster just beginning
to emerge, and lots of people are still trying to hold it up like some kind of
medical standard (is Hillary Clinton still stupidly doing this?).
So if you're in the UK try to stay healthy and Stay Out Of
The Hospital - or if you do have to go, take someone of an advocate with you,
in case they screw it up again and kill you by mistake. Sorry, had to
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