Thursday, May 06, 2010

Take 2 Aspirin and See the Coroner in the Morning

Woman who had chest pains died of a heart attack hours after GP prescribed painkillers - Telegraph The blissful state of health care in the UK.

This wasn't a one-time deal, where the docs missed it.
Monica Hicks had visited her surgery three times within five weeks complaining of the same symptoms, but was sent away with anti-inflammatories and some sleeping pills
She was 40 years old.

Apparently record-keeping doesn't stretch back five weeks in the UK.

Now maybe this is harsh. Maybe this happens all the time in the US. But maybe the docs are trying to meet cost targets in the UK (government set), or don't have access to better testing equipment than a stethoscope.
On June 3 she then saw Dr Holmes with shoulder pain and was given anti-inflammatories and sleeping pills. She returned to see him again on June 11 with chest and shoulder pain.
Isn't "chest and shoulder pain" the standard symptoms of a heart attack? Or at least some of the standard symptoms?

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