Sunday, July 20, 2008

Doesn't This Sound Like the Medical Care We Want?

Letter that proves the sorry state of NHS care for elderly - Telegraph Michael Moore, call your office.

An 89-year-old World War II veteran goes into a British hospital with pneumonia, and dies from one of Britain's supper bugs, Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. - basically a super diarrhea.

His daughter was horrified by the conditions in the hospital.
According to Mrs Davies, conditions on the wards were "grim". Her father was left next to a window in blazing sunshine in temperatures of over 80F, causing him to become dehydrated, she said.

Water was placed where he could not reach it, the hospital ran out of his medicine, and staff failed to order probiotic drinks that had been prescribed for him.

"There were faeces on his bandages and on the walls," she said. "Every day there were signs of neglect. I had to constantly complain to get even the most basic care for him."
If you treated an animal this way in the US, you would be charged with cruelty to animals, but treat a patient this way in the "Utopian World of Public Health Care" and you have to write a letter of apology.

So which is the real state of health care in the UK? The nirvana reported by the Left - mostly in the person of Moore - or the horrors which cause John Rostill, the chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to issue an abject apology?

Can't you just wait until we get public-health care in the US?

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