Thursday, September 03, 2009

Do you want a peek at Nationalized Healthcare?

Here is a sample of where we are headed:
Note: All bold, emphasis & [notes] added by me.

All from the UK Telegraph [not exactly a "right-wing" newspaper]

Sentenced to death on the NHS
Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors have warned.
By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
Published: 10:00PM BST 02 Sep 2009

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.

Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.

NHS 'tick box medicine' is no way to diagnose death, says doctor
NHS guidelines have led to a form of "tick-box medicine" that is harming patient care, a leading doctor has warned.
Published: 12:24PM BST 03 Sep 2009

Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, was among a group of medical experts who wrote to the Telegraph warning that patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives.

The new guidelines "are a guide to students about the art of medicine but not the application of medicine," he told the BBC today.

"I have concern about that sort of tick-box medicine. Medicine cannot be done by ticking boxes. You can't just follow guidelines blindly to get results," he said.

Under NHS guidance [re: death panels] introduced in a number of hospitals to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.

But wait there's more:

Number of NHS patients given wrong medicine doubles
The number of incidents in the NHS where patients have been given the wrong medicines has more than doubled in two years, official figures show.
Published: 10:37AM BST 03 Sep 2009

A report from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) found a ''significant'' rise in the number of errors and near misses reported by NHS staff.

In 2005, 36,335 incidents were reported, rising to 64,678 in 2006 and 86,085 in 2007.

'Cruel and neglectful' care of one million NHS patients exposed
One million NHS patients have been the victims of appalling care in hospitals across Britain, according to a major report released today.
By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Published: 12:01AM BST 27 Aug 2009

In the last six years, the Patients Association claims hundreds of thousands have suffered from poor standards of nursing, often with 'neglectful, demeaning, painful and sometimes downright cruel' treatment.

The charity has disclosed a horrifying catalogue of elderly people left in pain, in soiled bed clothes, denied adequate food and drink, and suffering from repeatedly cancelled operations, missed diagnoses and dismissive staff.

The Patients Association said the dossier proves that while the scale of the scandal at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust - where up to 1,200 people died through failings in urgent care - was a one off, there are repeated examples they have uncovered of the same appalling standards throughout the NHS.

But wait there's more!!!

Patients more likely to go hungry than prisoners
People are far more likely to go hungry in an NHS hospital than in a prison, researchers from Bournemouth University said.
Published: 8:00AM BST 31 Aug 2009

This is despite prisons spending less per person on meals than hospitals do.

Experts from Bournemouth University have been studying the food offered to inmates and across the NHS.

They believe hospital patients face barriers in getting good nutrition, including not receiving assistance with eating and nobody monitoring if they are well fed.

Professor John Edwards said around 40 per cent of patients going into hospital were already malnourished but this situation did not tend to improve while there.

A third of patients ‘being treated by nurses at GP surgeries’
More than a third of patients visiting GP surgeries are seen by a nurse rather than a doctor, latest figures show.
By Andrew Hough
Published: 6:30AM BST 03 Sep 2009

Patients are visiting their GPs on average almost six times a year – up from almost four times in 1995 – while 34 per cent of consultation were undertaken by a nurse, figures from the NHS Information Centre showed.

The percentage of telephone consultations trebled from three per cent to 12 per cent while the number of home visits fell from 9 per cent to 4 per cent.

Complaining patients could end up with worse treatment
Disgruntled patients who complain about their GPs could end up with worse treatment as a result, doctors have warned.
By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Published: 7:00AM BST 30 Jun 2009

Under new government rules, for the first time patients’ opinions of their family doctor will be used to cut their surgery’s funding.

If patients complain that GP services are failing, then the amount of money supplied by the Department of Health could be cut by tens of thousands of pounds.

GPs have launched appeals to try and avert the income reduction, warning they will have to reduce the number of appointments on offer, cut nurses’ hours or delay the expansion of services.

And of course, no story regarding government run healthcare would be complete without a story of the government run healthcare system will "save money" and "be cheaper" than the current system....

1 in 10 NHS jobs 'would have to be cut to meet efficiency targets'
A tenth of health service jobs need to be cut within five years to meet planned £20bn efficiency savings, ministers have been told.
By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
Published: 6:00AM BST 03 Sep 2009

The Government should also reduce the number of places in medical schools, a newly released report advises, and consider dropping some operations, including to remove varicose veins.

In a report commissioned by the Department of Health, McKinsey and Company, the consultancy firm, recommends that 137,000 NHS posts should be shed.

Although ministers say that they have comprehensively rejected the ideas critics claimed that they revealed the scale of the financial problems facing the NHS.

The Government aims to make between £15billion and £20 billion in effeciency saving between 2011 and 2014.

Stll think your life, your parent's lives, your children's lives, your unborn grandchildren's lives won't become just a number, just another governmental budget line item?

Given the current state of our healthcare system, is this REALLY where you think we should go?

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