Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Blissful State of Health Care in the UK - Roundup part deux

Going into the hospital can be bad for you. Especially when staff ignores your condition. Pensioners died after 'hospital staff ignored warnings over their conditions' - Telegraph
An inquest at Hove Crown Court had heard that Brian Waller, 72, died after falling out of bed in April last year while a month later Edward Warneford, 66, died in the same ward after choking on his false teeth
Twins were born premature, and required special care. What did NHS do? Baby twins put in hospitals 50 miles apart - Telegraph The parents get about 10 minutes with each child per day. Hardly what I would call compassionate care.

So you think you're entitled to free care? Plight of bedridden dementia patient highlights flaws in Government's home-care ambitions - Telegraph Just try getting approval.
Mrs James, 54, said: "She is completely dependent on my sister's wonderful care. There's nothing left of our Mum except her physical entity. But the assessment for Continuing Healthcare was laughable. The nurse assessor who came spent only 30 seconds with Mum, long enough just to check we really were caring for someone, but not enough to make any real judgement.
And if you do get any care, what will the quality be? Toddler died of meningitis after five doctors failed to spot symptoms - Telegraph
An inquest heard 21-month-old Oliver Martin was rushed to hospital by his mother, a district nurse, when he fell seriously ill at home.

He was displaying several of the major symptoms of meningitis, including a rash that disappeared when pressed, high temperature, pale complexion and lethargy.
Chicken pox was much less expensive to treat. Antibiotics were give 8.5 hours later. Too late.

If the mother did what the hospital did she would be up on charges. (Manslaughter at least and child endagerment) The hospital hasn't even issued an apology. No one will pay for neglect.

And good, bad or indifferent, the Brits just can't afford it anymore. Crisis in elderly care far worse than feared, report warns - Telegraph
The King's Fund study will say the combination of an ageing population, and the impact of the recession on the Government's budget, has left the country facing an even greater crisis than previous forecasts have indicated.

Its call for radical changes to the way care of the elderly is funded will come as the Government prepares to issue a white paper setting out its proposals, including what has been dubbed a "death tax" on people's homes.
I wonder what changes will occur in the way "the elderly are cared for." Or perhaps not cared for (see the story a couple lines up...) And of course the Brits themselves aren't doing anything to address the shortfall. (Buying insurance, saving extra funds, etc.) Why should they? They get free health care. (At least for now.)

I can hardly wait for our health care system to be this good!

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