Skip to comments.Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital
Posted on 03/31/2011 9:21:34 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah
Former Mayor of Chelmsford Margaret Hutchon was waiting for a stomach op
A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation - at her own hospital.
Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.
But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.
Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust - the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.
He said: 'I don't really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.'
Mr Hutchon, of Great Baddow, Essex, said his wife, 72, had initially undergone major stomach surgery last June but the follow up procedures were repeatedly abandoned.
The former mayor remained at the hospital for months but her family feared she was becoming institutionalised and decided to bring her home until an operation was a certainty.
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Well, on the bright side, they seem to give lousy service to everyone — I might have thought that the bigwigs from inside the system would get “special service”. Nope. They get screwed too.
Looks like she had been canceled from the dentist too.
So 72 is the drop dead date with socialized medicine, eh?
“Irony can really be ironic, sometimes.” - William Shatner (Airplane! II)
Eh. Our future. Lovely.
Hospital bed morphs into COFFIN...
She was a middle-wig. They get screwed like everyone else. Bigwigs either get the care there or go somewhere else for it.
No doubt. Looks like those teeth alone would be enough to kill a person.
Ahhhh, Merry Ol’ England!
Depends upon whether or not you are one of Eric Holder's people.
Coming soon to a hospital near us.....except our elite will have a work around in place to bypass the bureaucracy.
Yea, what is it with these people and their teeth?? Yuk
My husband (Brit) has braces for the first time in his life. After he gets them off....he’ll have his teeth bleached. He’s THRILLED. The dentists in the UK (especially in the 50’s 60’s) were sadists...and I’m putting that lightly. Got a hole in your tooth? They yank it out.
Critical operations are canceled all the time in Canada.
Nothing new for those who know.
Can’t blame lack of dentist on smoking or tea.
I don’t find this funny at all. How sad for her, and for oursevles cause this bell is tolling for us.
It is sad. My FIL was treated the same way. He was ‘past his sell by date’ to the bureaucrats at the NHS. They basically sent him home to die after ignoring early stages of bladder cancer.
I nominate her for the Darwin Award. She should have known better but maybe its a case of believing your own propaganda.
Rationing of care is inevitable under socialized medicine. There’s no way around it.
Some lovely examples of Christian love in this thread
Cuts out the middle man.
There’s so little true irony in the world. So when we run across it we should take the time to savor it slowly, like one would a fine wine or quality cigar.
Some lovely examples of Christian non-judgementalism in this thread.
As you sow, so shall you reap.
If someone is a poor surgical risk to start with, moral and rational medical triage needs to acknowledge that delays will most likely compound the patient’s risks, not improve them; which is what seems to be the case in this report. She needed the operation and most likely could have only gotten weaker without it; and thereby only have become less of good surgical candidate with each delay. The chances of the progression to that outcome seem obvious to a rational mind, but not to a bureaucracy.
My husband is also a brit, now American citizen, and he just doesn’t give a crap how his teeth look. ( bottom teeth crooked and one that’s chipped. ) And I think he’s that way because of the way dentists were in England back when he was growing up. I keep telling him he’s in America now, go get them buggers fixed!!!
His aunt who is in her 90’s has what I call,”the queen mum’s teeth” because they are stained brown from years of drinking tea.
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44).
But she sure is proud to show those nashers off.
Teeth are very low on our national list of priorities. We just don’t give a monkeys. Quite right too; all is vanity.
She was no longer a bigwig at the time. Being a bigwig only counts if you ARE STILL a bigwig at the time you need service, or currently have friends among the current bigwigs.
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