Government in the UK again proves itself incapable of delivering efficient, effective health care. The government there provides instead Hellish Care (read below), but at a higher cost than free-market health care to boot. Obama will be no more effective than UK politicians and bureaucrats; in fact, he will be far less effective judging on his disdain for learning from history and experience elsewhere. Obama suffers from a raging fever to install nationalized health care before his popularity tanks completely, without studying adequately the results already obtained elsewhere including Canada, the UK, and Cuba. Ineffective and expensive socialized medicine around the world is inferior to the American free market system. American health care is not broken; it is the socialized medicine “systems” elsewhere which are all broken, fundamentally. Such systems are frought with rationing, delay, bad to catastrophic service, and excessive cost. Obama rushes to break health care in the United States, too, with his me-too socialized medicine that never works. He is enthusiastic to start answering questions like which elderly person should receive health care, and which should instead take a pain pill. Matter of fact, he has started along that tack already.
H/T: The Astute Bloggers Another NHS Horror Story
Must read story here.
Dozens of patients died needlessly as a result of filthy conditions in an NHS hospital, a shocking report said last night. Appalling nursing care in Basildon University Hospital contributed to a mortality rate that was more than a third higher than the national average. At least 70 people may have died who should have been saved. It is the latest example of patients paying the ultimate price for Labour’s failure to stamp out Third World conditions in the NHS – despite trebling taxpayer funding over the past decade.
The Essex hospital is run by one of the supposedly ‘elite’ foundation trusts, which have greater freedom to manage their finances. Last night there were angry calls for its entire management team to resign.
Unannounced visits by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission found blood spattered on curtains and chairs in the A&E ward, a catheter bag on the floor, poorly-trained nurses and patients treated on trolleys.
A commode was soiled under the seat, nurses were failing to feed frail elderly people and patients had pressure sores.
There was no paediatric nurse for most of the time so children were not getting the best care.
The mortality rate in the A&E ward was 6.1 per cent in 2008, more than a third higher than the national average of 4.4 per cent.
The scandal mirrors what happened at Mid Staffordshire foundation trust – a much bigger trust than Basildon – where 400 people died over three years.
‘This government has set up a labyrinth of bodies and inspectors which are meant to ensure high quality standards in our hospitals but it simply isn’t working.’