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I was impressed with this story:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/5234656.stm

Did he do the right thing - was it the hospitals fault for not getting cash up front?

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tobyaw
Aug. 2nd, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
Compare that with http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/5237824.stm

Such are the perils of a centrally-funded one-size-fits-all health service - guaranteed delays for everyone.
sharikkamur
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
That is utterly insane! Guaranteeing to delay treatment even if there is spare capacity? Someone needs to have a discussion with the managers and beancounters using a very large axe.
cavolo
Aug. 3rd, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
It isn't so much the central funding that is the issue but the fact that it is free at the point of delivery. Thus the normal means of rationing scarce resources is not available, hence the need to try to ration the resource in another way.

People are too nice in Ipswich. That's where I get my niceness from.
caomhinmaca
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
I heard this on R4 this morning. Beaurocracy-ascendant! This has a serious air of Kurt Vonnegut about it... As to the pensioner, well, anyone who hands over £9K worth of ANYTHING before the cheque has cleared needs to revisit their business model...
sharikkamur
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
It does serve the service right for not checking the financial situation. So I'm entirely on the side of the pensioner in this case.
dianec42
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
In the Ananova story, the pensioner was quoted as saying he'd have robbed a bank to fund the surgery. So writing a duff cheque is probably the better option.
tobyaw
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
He would have received priority treatment as an inmate of HM Prison Dartmoor.
sharikkamur
Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
My head is about to fall off at the lunacy of the NHS. What price morality nowadays?
dianec42
Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
To the lowest bidder, obviously.
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