Posts Tagged ‘Operations’

Vox Political: NHS Required to Correct 6,000 Botched Private Operations a Year

April 19, 2016

This is another piece by Mike which asks a very pertinent question: why are private medicine being given so many NHS contracts, when the same private medical contractors are responsible for 6,000 bungled operations a year, which have to be corrected by the NHS.

Mike writes:

A report showing that the National Health Service is having to care for around 6,000 patients every year after private hospitals provided poor treatment raises several questions:

Firstly, the patients concerned have already paid for their treatment. If private doctors made a mess of it, they should pay for the rectification. Why is the taxpayer picking up the tab – especially when the NHS is already suffering serious money problems?
Secondly, Conservative-led governments have been forcing private healthcare providers into our NHS contracts, whether we want them or not, for the last four years. Why is the NHS being forced to accept contractors who aren’t up to the job?

See Mike’s article at: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/04/18/whats-so-great-about-private-healthcare-when-the-nhs-is-having-to-put-right-thousands-of-its-botched-ops/

Of course, the answer, as Mike states in his article, is that the Tories desperately want to privatise the NHS. This was the whole point of the Private Finance Initiative, when it was introduced by Peter ‘I’ve got a little list’ Lilley back under John Major. Lilley and his corporate masters was upset that there was this nice, juicy chunk of state enterprise that was out of the reach of his masters. And so he introduced the Private Finance Initiative as a way of getting them in. Just as his mistress, Maggie Thatcher, was also trying to get everyone, who could to take out private health insurance, because the NHS was excluding private industry too much.

Mike goes on to ask, who will pick up the pieces and correct all these bungled operations once the NHS is gone? It’s clearly a rhetorical question. The answer is: no-one. I’ve seen the stats for iatrogenic disease – that is, disease caused by doctors – in the US, and it’s truly eye-watering. And they have a higher incidence of operating, because the system rewards surgery even when it’s not really necessary. And heaven help anyone trying to sue. There was a piece in Private Eye years ago about some poor woman who suffered a botched operation in one of the British private hospitals, whom the hospital company did everything it could to avoid paying her damages or compensation.

This is the reality of private medicine: it’s more expensive, performed to poorer standards, and does not have the rectification of mistakes or the granting of compensation to its victims as a priority. No wonder Lilley, Jeremy Hunt and the Tories love it.

Mirror: Farage Wants to Wealthy to Abandon NHS

March 18, 2015

Yesterday’s Daily Mirror carried the story UKIP leader Nigel Farage wants wealthy to abandon NHS and advocates two-tier health system reporting that the Fuhrage had urged those who could afford to do so to opt for private healthcare. The Mirror also reported that on Pienaar’s Politics’ on Radio 5 Live, the Purple Duce claimed that private healthcare offered a better service than the NHS. He also supported foreign private healthcare firms entering the country, on the grounds that they brought a lot of money into the economy. The article states that this is just the latest attack on the NHS by Farage, and cited the video of Farage’s speech way back in 2012 in which he stated he’d rather see people pick up private health insurance than have £100 million in tax annually spent on the NHS.

The article also notes that Farage wasn’t the only one to attack the NHS. Bill Etheridge, one of Farage’s Euro MPs, had stated that certain elective operations should not be performed by the NHS. This would cover non-essential and cosmetic surgery and fertility treatment.

He also claimed that only 20 per cent of the country’s top youngster should go to University. These kids would then have their education totally financed by the state.

The Labour MP John Spellar attacked his recommendation, saying that it would mean that higher education was reserved solely for the elite from private schools. It would also wipe out some of the new university towns such as Wolverhampton and Birmingham City.

And he also made the point that if Etheridge and Fuhrage had their way, non-essential but nevertheless important operations like hip replacements would be very difficult to get.

The article began:

Mr Farage said: “If people can afford it, should people go private? Yes… private medicine brings a lot of money into this country and is no bad thing”

Wealthy Nigel Farage today called on people to abandon the NHS and use private health firms instead.

The UKIP leader said anyone who can afford private healthcare should pay for it.

Furious critics said it proved he supports a two-tier health system.

“If people can afford it, should people go private? Yes,” Mr Farage said.

Grahame Morris, a member of the Commons health select committee, said: “Nigel Farage has let the cat out of the bag.

“UKIP are proposing a break with the fundamental principles of the National Health Service.”

The article’s at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/amazon-review-nigel-farage-book-5352039

I blogged earlier in the week about the profound disadvantages of private medical insurance. Rather than being more efficient than the NHS, it is more expensive, more bureaucratic and specifically excludes certain, expensive conditions that are difficult or impossible to treat, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. Or at least it did when Robin Cook published his own pamphlet attacking the marketization of the NHS nearly thirty years ago. I really don’t think much has changed since. The people, who really benefit from private medical insurance are the wealthy and the well, the two sections of the population, who really don’t need it.