I want to clarify my earlier blog, entitled “A Hard Look Beyond the 13,000 Needless NHS Deaths“. In particular, I should like to address whether my response is colored by my activities in relation to http://www.transactionfocus.com and http://www.fitforprofit.co.uk
My response should be seen in the light of the fact that the NHS delivers some of the worst patient outcomes in Western Europe, the worst cancer survival rates and some of the worst overall death rates.
The NHS also does not generally allow outsiders without NHS experience to work in it nor assist it and is therefore a closed shop, a cartel and a mediaeval fiefdom all rolled into one.
I know how it works intimately having tracked 25 of my late parents’ tenants through its processes until they were pronounced dead prior to me arranging their funerals.
Also having to involve my excellent local MP in getting my local NHS Trust to deal with my late mother’s cateracts and knee replacements in a timely and proper fashion and again with my late father when the trust attempted to send him home early before he could have enough physiotherapy to enable him to walk prior to my sister and I being able to care for him in a demented condition until his final demise in 2006.
I also attended a “resolution meeting ” with 6 people having complained to the Care Quality Commission about my late father’s treatment and the attempts made by the Trust involved to discharge him early so as to free up the bed.
During the blizzard a line of 22 ambulances waited with their engines running whilst ambulancemen and paramedics argued and physically fought on the fire escapes with nurses who had been instructed to remove the “elderly and confused ” patients from the ward in question even though a letter from the Trust said that in anticipation of the blizzard relatives of elderly and confused patients should bring warm clothing for these patients to wear.
As the blizzard descended in its full fury, each ambulance was literally swallowed up by a swirling wall of snow rather like the scene in the film Dr Zhivago starring Omar Sharif where the Russian winter swallows up the forlorn figure in a sea of white.
At the resolution meeting I attended all 6 people I met denied that these events which I witnessed first hand had happened, denied knowing about the letter and all 6 claimed not to know about the long-range weather forecast for a blizzard even though it was in the newspapers, most television channels and in the news available on computers every day of the year.
13 years ago my younger brother was told by the NHS that his cancerous condition was terminal and that he had 2 years to live.
I researched and found 42 alternative cures one of which is used routinely in Germany and using one of them my brother is still alive today.
Other people can tell you more heartrending stories than this including the former newsreader Selina Scott who’s father was left to die on a hospital trolley.
So whilst people might imagine this sort of thing is a one-off, I know otherwise and increasingly the public thanks to the tireless work of the Daily Telegraph is beginning to see the NHS for what it is, a bloated, inefficiently run anachronism in need of urgent reform.