The Crisis In British Health Care

Continuing with all the "fabulous" news coming out about the British National Health Service, the Telegraph has a story detailing a crisis in a lack of hospital beds. Patients are being left in agony waiting to get treatment after sustaining serious injuries. How about waiting three weeks for badly broken bones to be repaired? Needless to say, the National Health Service is springing into action to address the problem: They want to censure the man who revealed the crisis.

The NHS is suffering from a chronic shortage of specialist beds which means seriously injured patients are having to wait for days in severe pain, according to a leading surgeon.

He said the hospital system was paralysed by red tape and funding disputes, which put thousands of patients waiting for treatment in specialist wards at risk.

In a damning critique of current NHS policy, Martin Bircher, a consultant treating victims of major accidents, said the best efforts of doctors and nurses on the frontline were hampered by layers of managers whose major concern is the budget rather than patient care.

Following his revelations in a Sunday newspaper, politicians and campaigners last night called for a shake-up in the management of Britain's trauma centres.

Mr Bircher, a consultant at St George's Hospital in south London, said all of Britain's specialist trauma beds are full, meaning some patients can wait three weeks before their badly broken bones can be repaired.

He said disputes between different managers over paying for patients can further delay treatment.

Mr Bircher, 52, who risks censure from the NHS for speaking out, told the Independent on Sunday: "These are basic core services that have to be provided. We shouldn't be sending each other little bills. Trauma and other emergency services like cardiac and stroke services should be top sliced. The money should come from central government funds."

Still singing the praises of socialized medicine? A little too much Moore-flavored kool-aid?

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2 Responses to The Crisis In British Health Care

  1. K T Cat says:

    Alas, not many outside the blogosphere will see this as we hurtle towards our socialized medicine doom.

  2. rlpete2 says:

    Bircher blames beaurocracy for the problems, trying to hold down costs. HMO’s and insurance companies have done the same. It is to be expected when their is a profit motive. It will happen in a public system when it is inadequately funded.

    With 45 million uninsured in the United States, there must be dozens, perhaps hundreds of denials of necessary care every day.

    If you are dead set against “socialized medicine,” come up with a better plan, because the current system ain’t working.

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