The much-touted (by Michael Moore at least) British National Health Service has sprung into action to aid a 108-year old woman. Yes, they are going to take really good care of Olive Beal, one of the oldest women in Britain. They'll give her – completely free of charge – a new hearing aid!
In EIGHTEEN MONTHS.
A woman of 108 has been told by health chiefs that she must wait 18 months to get a new hearing aid.
Olive Beal, one of the oldest women in Britain, is confined to a wheelchair and losing her sight.
Being able to communicate and listen to music is her only contact with the outside world, says her family.
Mrs Beal, who has six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, has used an old-fashioned analogue hearing aid for the last five years.
But she struggles to hear with it and needs a modern digital hearing aid which cuts out background noise.
After being told of the wait, Mrs Beal, who lives in a care home in Deal, Kent, said: "I could be dead by then."
Her granddaughter Maria Scott, 52, said: "I'd have thought they would take her age into account as she probably has not got 18 months to wait. Olive has worked hard from the age of 16 to her late 60s and paid taxes.
Still think socialized medicine is a really super-keen idea? Really? What color is the sky in your world?