Saturday, October 10, 2009

Another great moment in socialised medicine

"A grandmother dying of ovarian cancer was sent home five times by medics who said her crippling pain was caused by trapped wind," London's Daily Mail reports:
Barbara Collins, 68, was bed ridden for months with agonising pain and bowel problems, classic signs of the killer disease, but sent home with only laxatives.
The mother of four was correctly diagnosed with ovarian cancer a staggering four months after her first visit to Manchester Royal Infirmary, and died 10 days later.
Mrs Collins' family criticised the medics, who they say made her feel like a nuisance.
She could have survived if only her cancer had been diagnosed sooner, they claim.
But the joke's on them. As former Enron adviser Paul Krugman notes, "In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We've all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false."

Posted via email from Garth's posterous

No comments: