If you have a friend or loved one in an NHS hospital, make sure to send them flowers. They may have to drink the water out of the vase to avoid dying of thirst. Think I’m kidding? This is what investigators report about Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust:
Dehydrated patients were forced to drink out of flower vases, while others were left in soiled linen on filthy wards.
And they were the lucky ones:
The commission’s report – revealed in yesterday’s Daily Mail – said at least 400 deaths could not be explained, although it is feared up to 1,200 patients may have died needlessly.
The Prime Minister apologized and claimed that this was an isolated situation. Oh, really? Tell that to the NHS patients who starve to death in your hospitals. Tell that to the patients who die of cancer because the NHS won’t pay for their treatment.
Tell that BS to the patient on whom NHS surgeons insisted on operating despite the dead rat in the OR. Tell that to the emergency patients stacked in ambulances in the ER parking lot. If they could hear, you could tell that the patients waiting for hearing aids.
No, Gordon. The Mid Staffordshire Trust is not an anomaly. It is the inevitable product of government-run health care.