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Scandal of NHS 'production line'
The Telegraph ^ | 12/29/11 | Robert Winnett

Posted on 12/29/2011 7:10:11 PM PST by markomalley

The number of NHS patients who have to undergo emergency readmission to hospital within a month of being discharged has increased by more than three quarters in the last decade, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Hospitals have been accused by ministers of treating patients “like parts on a production line” after official figures suggested that hundreds of thousands of people every year are being sent home before they are well enough.

More than 660,000 people were brought back to hospital last year within 28 days of leaving, statistics show, sparking allegations that patients are being “hurried through the system” so the NHS can meet waiting-list targets.

The official figures show that some NHS trusts have seen their emergency readmission rate rise more than three-fold over the past decade – while some hospitals have seen only a modest increase.

Last night, Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said that the “hugely distressing” trend must stop.

“Patients have a right to expect that when they go in for treatment that they are looked after properly and that the treatment they are given helps them to recover,” he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: nhs; obamacare; uk

1 posted on 12/29/2011 7:10:14 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

UK: NHS delays operations ‘as it waits for patients to die or go private’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8668906/NHS-delays-operations-as-it-waits-for-patients-to-die-or-go-private.html

Coming soon to America under ObamaCare.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 7:20:15 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: markomalley
I loved this part: the demand that patients be admitted to hospital for treatment within 18 weeks of seeing their GP I reckon if I had trouble with my appendix, or my gall bladder, I would want to be seen within 18 weeks! LOL
3 posted on 12/29/2011 7:21:44 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: markomalley

Remember, Tuesday is Soylent Green day!!


4 posted on 12/29/2011 7:25:33 PM PST by BipolarBob (I don't mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi!)
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To: markomalley

Do you suppose that’s there’s anybody at the NHS who realizes that this is the natural and predictable consequence of having a system where a patient represents an expense instead of a revenue source?


5 posted on 12/29/2011 7:45:18 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Former Fetus

They’re making “protracted euthanasia” into an outpatient procedure. Saves lots of money. Hospitals are nicer places when there aren’t so many patients around.


6 posted on 12/29/2011 8:08:32 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: ArmstedFragg
Do you suppose that’s there’s anybody at the NHS who realizes that this is the natural and predictable consequence of having a system where a patient represents an expense instead of a revenue source?

Nope, they're going to blame it on the doctors and management.

7 posted on 12/29/2011 9:33:23 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: ArmstedFragg
"an expense, rather than a revenue source"

Well said. I suggest the R candidates use the thought, if not the words. It'd be a great tagline, too.

8 posted on 12/30/2011 8:03:43 AM PST by chiller ( Elect another batch of TPartiers and it won't matter which R we elect. WE will lead.)
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