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  • Hospital admits error that left girl paralysed

    08/31/2011 4:47:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2011
    A teenage schoolgirl was left paralysed from the waist down when a spinal anaesthetic was left in too long after a routine operation, a hospital has admitted. Sophie Tyler, 17, of Risca, near Newport, south Wales, will never walk again after an epidural was mistakenly left in place for more than two days. A medical law expert is now calling on bosses at a leading UK children's hospital to ensure lessons are learned from the devastating error. Their admission of liability has left the way open for a full settlement, providing Sophie with financial support for the rest of her...
  • Universal healthcare and gun control caused the holocaust episode3: Curing dissent

    08/25/2011 11:48:07 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    Youtube ^ | John Hunter
    Episode three of the hard hitting new series on youtube which shows how socialized medicine and gun control lead to genocidal tyrannies that destroy God given rights. In this episode featuring scenes from Psychiatry an Industry of Death, we see healthcare in Germany and how psychiatrists using the false science of eugenics contributed to the holocaust and how liberals intimidated the Nuremberg Judges to spare several violent nazi doctors from their just rewards. We then go inside a universal healthcare facility to see what is in store for undesirables...
  • Private patients will 'leapfrog' NHS ones under health reforms, says Unison (ya think?)

    08/24/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Aug 2011 | Stephen Adams
    Private patients will increasingly be able to "leapfrog" those on the NHS due to changes proposed in the Government's health reforms, a leading union has warned. Unison has claimed that lifting the cap on the number of private patients that hospitals can treat, mooted in the Health and Social Care Bill, will end up "pushing NHS patients even further down the ever-spiralling waiting lists". During a protest outside the Department of Health in London this morning, the union highlighted the danger it said faced the public by using an acrobat to leapfrog to the top of an NHS queue straight...
  • Coventry Hospital 'removed healthy part of brain' (more NHS hijinks!)

    08/23/2011 5:32:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/23/11
    A Warwickshire hospital trust has admitted liability after a man suffered permanent brain damage after he was subjected to unnecessary brain surgery. John Tunney, 63, from Sutton Coldfield should have been given tablets to control a pituitary gland problem. But instead he was subjected to an unnecessary biopsy by a surgeon who then wrongly removed part of his brain rather than the tumour. The former paramedic is now partially sighted and needs full-time care. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said the surgeon involved was no longer involved in such surgery. Richard Kennedy, chief medical officer for the trust,...
  • Student obsessed w/Korean culture has tongue surgically lengthened on NHS 2 help her speak language

    08/12/2011 2:07:51 AM PDT · by Stoat · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) / Various ^ | August 12, 2011 | Staff
    Student Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones dreams of living and working in South Korea once she finishes university, even though she has never visited the country. But while taking language lessons, the 19-year-old found that she couldn't pronounce certain crucial sounds in the Korean alphabet. Her dentist suggested it may be because she was born with a slightly shorter than average tongue, caused by having an unusually thick lingual frenulum - the flap of skin that joins the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Language barrier: Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones, from Nottingham, had her tongue lengthened by 1cm to help her...
  • UK: NHS [socialized medicine] delays operations 'as it waits for patients to die or go private'

    07/28/2011 3:42:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/28/2011 | Martin Beckford
    Health service trusts are “imposing pain and inconvenience” by making patients wait longer than necessary, in some cases as long as four months, the study found. Executives believe the delays mean some people will remove themselves from lists “either by dying or by paying for their own treatment” claims the report, by an independent watchdog that advises the NHS. The Co-operation and Competition Panel says the tactic is one of a number used by managers that “excessively constrain” patients’ rights to choose where to be operated upon, and damage hospitals’ ability to compete for planned surgery. It claims unfair...
  • NHS begins rationing operations in cost-cutting drive

    07/28/2011 10:08:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7/28/11 | James Orr
    The NHS has begun rationing common surgical procedures such as hip replacements and cataracts removal in an effort to save money, it was revealed yesterday. New figures have found one in three Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England are reducing access to treatment for non-urgent operations. Examples of rationing include knee operations only being allowed to go ahead where patients are in severe pain, overweight patients being made to lose weight prior to procedures, and cataract patients being denied treatment until their sight problems seriously affect their ability to work. Chris Naylor, a senior researcher at the health think tank...
  • Hospital tells families to use Skype to save cost of visiting sick patients (U.K.)

    07/24/2011 6:26:58 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 16 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 23rd July 2011
    Doctors recommend internet chats to save cash Family members of mental health patients have been urged to stop visiting their sick relatives in hospital and instead talk to them on Skype. Officials at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust want to stop bedside visits in an attempt to save cash earmarked for relatives' travel expenses. Mental health patients in Berkshire are due to be relocated from Ascot, Maidenhead and Slough to Reading. Under the proposed scheme, some relatives would qualify for travel expenses to visit their sick family member. As part of plans to help save 4million-a-year, the Foundation Trust has suggested...
  • Obese man fights to get funding for gastric band surgery (UK - NHS)

    07/11/2011 7:08:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/11/11
    Tom Condliff, a 22-stone former policeman trying to persuade a health authority to fund obesity surgery, has started the latest round of his legal battle The grandfather from Talke, Staffordshire - who is 62 and 6ft 2in - says he needs stomach surgery to save his life. But the North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) refuses to fund a laparoscopic gastric bypass operation. In April, the High Court refused to quash the PCT's decision not to provide the surgery. Mr Condliff's lawyers are seeking to overturn the High Court ruling in the Court of Appeal. (snip) Mr Clayton told Lord...
  • Six stone woman with paralysed stomach is refused life-saving operation

    07/11/2011 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A young woman who is starving to death after being diagnosed with a paralysed stomach has been told that NHS bosses refuse to fund an operation to save her. Rudi Hargreaves, 22, has shrunk from a healthy 10st to a skeletal 5st 10lb after being diagnosed with the crippling condition last year. Within weeks of being diagnosed with gastroparesis, Rudi found her size 12 clothes were hanging off her - as her stomach became unable to digest food at a normal rate. The condition can be treated with a 14,000 operation to fit a gastric pacemaker - although this is...
  • Woman, 26, dies after NHS nurse 'diagnosed muscular pain using COMPUTER guide' (U.K.)

    06/20/2011 7:43:46 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 45 replies
    FULL TITLE: Woman, 26, died of DVT after NHS walk-in centre nurse 'diagnosed muscular pain using COMPUTER guide' Rebecca told husband nurse had 'fobbed her off' days before she died The case of a young woman who died from deep vein thrombosis after nurses used a computer guide to diagnose her with muscular pain, has been referred to the Health Secretary. Rebecca Cain, 26, died after suffering a huge blood clot in her leg in 2009 - days after she had begged nurses at a Nottingham NHS walk-in centre for help. Rebecca Cain on her wedding day: She diagnosed herself...
  • The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor (U.K.)

    06/08/2011 6:17:53 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 26 replies
    FULL TIILE: The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor is ignored for hours... before staff simply drag him away 'He went to them for help and they left him out in the corridor to die', says Peter Thompson's daughter Senior nurse claims it was 'the appropriate method of handling the situation' Two heartbroken parents have slammed 'inhumane' nurses who left their dead son lying in the middle of a hospital corridor and stepped over his corpse for more than ten hours thinking he was asleep. CCTV captured staff pulling the lifeless body of Peter...
  • The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor is ignored for hours.

    06/08/2011 9:53:16 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 20 replies
    Mail online ^ | 8th June 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Two heartbroken parents have slammed 'inhumane' nurses who left their dead son lying in the middle of a hospital corridor and stepped over his corpse for more than ten hours thinking he was asleep. CCTV captured staff pulling the lifeless body of Peter Thompson along the floor like they were 'dragging the body of a dead animal'. Today a coroner said his death was 'wholly preventable' and believes he could have survived but for the neglect of nursing staff, three of whom now face disciplinary proceedings. 41-year-old Mr Thompson had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs but instead of...
  • UK: Health Secretary - funding crisis threatens the NHS [funding black hole]

    06/01/2011 2:29:36 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/2011 | Andrew Porter
    The National Health Service is facing a £20 billion-a-year funding black hole that will threaten its founding principles unless the Coalition’s controversial reforms are brought in to prevent it the core values of the NHS are under threat as never before from a “financial crisis” that will see annual health spending double to £230 billion a year without urgent reform. While insisting he would never privatise the NHS, Mr Lansley warns that its future as a universal service, available to all and free at the point of use will be at risk “within years” if radical change is blocked. Mr...
  • Chart-Topping UK Singer Comes Out Against National Health Care, High Taxes

    05/31/2011 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Cowman · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 31, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Chart-Topping UK Singer Comes Out Against National Health Care, High Taxes Posted on May 31, 2011 at 10:51am by Jonathon M. Seidl If youre a popular actor or singer, revealing yourself as someone with conservative principles is close to career suicide. Conservatives in Hollywood and the top-40 music industry are few and far between. But dont tell that to one of todays most popular singers in both the UK and the US. Adele the curvy, plain-looking British woman with a raspy voice is currently one the hottest singers on the radio. But now shes taking heat not...
  • Why aren't the masses joining the protests to 'Save our NHS'?

    05/30/2011 2:08:31 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 30th, 2011 | By Brendan O'Neill
    The most striking thing about the Save our NHS protests is how small they are. From the handful of professional activists who stormed a branch of NatWest at the weekend, symbolically draped in bloodied bandages, to the various die-ins staged by anti-cuts protesters who claim that the poor (a horrible Dickensian phrase) will kick the bucket if the Lib-Cons trim anything related to health, the protests have been noisy and headline-grabbing, yes, but tiny in terms of turnout. It isnt hard to see why. The NHS might be of profound symbolic importance to left-wing activists, but to the general public,...
  • Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep them alive

    05/26/2011 3:11:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2011 | Sophie Borland
    Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure to remind nurses of the most basic necessity is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards. Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders. The snapshot study, triggered by a Mail campaign, found staff routinely ignored patients calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink. Dehydration contributes to the death of more than 800 hospital patients every year....
  • Two patients died after waiting in ambulance outside 'full' Oldham hospital unit (UK)

    05/23/2011 7:41:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Two patients died after being left waiting in ambulances outside an over-stretched hospital. The patients, believed to have been in their 80s, couldnt get into the Royal Oldham Hospital for seven and 20 minutes respectively. They were assessed by ambulance crews as very sick and were both suspected of having suffered heart attacks. The A&E department was so busy that all but the most urgent cases were being sent to other hospitals at the time. All five resuscitation beds at Oldham were full. The two patients were assessed and treated by a casualty doctor and senior nurse in the ambulances....
  • MSNBC's Bashir: Britain's National Health Service 'A Wonderful Idea'

    04/27/2011 7:56:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Martin Bashir has dared to go where even most congressional Dems won't: praising Britain's National Health Service and by implication the socialization of medicine it represents. On today's Morning Joe, the British-born Bashir said the National Health Service is "a wonderful idea." View video here.
  • Surgeons raise alarm over waiting (UK National Heath Care Utopia Alert!)

    04/05/2011 7:09:16 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/5/2011 | BBC
    Surgeons say patients in some parts of England have spent months waiting in pain because of delayed operations or new restrictions on who qualifies for treatment. In several areas routine surgery was put on hold for months, while in many others new thresholds for hip and knee replacements have been introduced. The moves are part of the NHS drive to find 20bn efficiency savings by 2015.