Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Joys of Socialized Medicine

First it turns out that socialized medicine isn't always good medicine. 36 hospital trusts have higher than expected death rates
Thirty-six hospital trusts in England have higher than expected death rates that may reflect underlying problems in the quality of care provided, Department of Health statistics show.
Management says not to worry, it is probably just a problem with the data collection.

Along those same lines, the bureaucrats seem to have trouble delivering maternity services. Patients still at risk in hospital where pregnant women died
Violet Stephens died in Queen's Hospital in April, after being admitted with pre-eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition in pregnant women.

Channel 4 News said a report into her death uncovered a ''succession of failures'' in her care.

The serious untoward incident report found there was a failure to administer a blood transfusion as planned, a delay in making the decision to deliver her baby, and when she was found unresponsive with gasping breath, it took 25 minutes for a cardiac arrest call to be made, the news programme said.
Oh and this got a "better" response from the powers-that-be.
The chief executive of the trust apologised last month for failings in the standard of care given to two women who died after using its maternity service.
I'm sure that will comfort the families of the dead.

Bureaucrats in charge of the world. Yeah, that will lead to quality and not just ass-covering.

And it turns out that socialized medicine isn't any cheaper than the other kind. Misery for millions as elderly care funds cut. Because you see with limited funds, you have to make some decision about what you will and what you won't pay for.
Millions of elderly people are facing a “care crisis” after figures disclosed that government funding for nursing homes and support for frail pensioners has been cut by almost a fifth.
Of course the fact that Britain has to kick in funds to the Eurozone-rescue-fund (even thought they aren't part of the Eurozone) through their membership in the EU, probably means they less to spend on medical care.

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