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The NHS Under Pressure [Mar. 11th, 2010|09:48 am]
Tony Grist
They let my father in law out of hospital yesterday. I'm not sure he wouldn't have benefited from a couple more days inside, but we understand they needed his bed for someone sicker.  They've been housing him on the stroke ward- even though he hasn't had a stroke- because that was the only place they could fit him in.

I've no complaints about his treatment; the Royal Oldham is a fine hospital with a fine record; but the system is clearly under considerable pressure. Elsewhere, according to what I see on TV, it's beginning to break down. So how's the NHS going to cope when the generation of the baby boomers starts flooding through its doors with the illnesses of old age?

[User Picture]From: daisytells
2010-03-11 02:29 pm (UTC)
We have a real problem getting admitted to a hospital here, even with private insurance. The insurance companies do not want to pay for hospital stays, so medicine tailors itself to the money flow. If one is filthy rich or a famous person, a sniffle will get them admitted, while one of us gets "drive-through" surgery and long long waits in the Emergency Room. So much for private health care. Your Natinal Health Service is so much better!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-03-11 04:39 pm (UTC)
Our system is better- but it's being stretched to its limits....
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