UK Disasters Show Inevitable Result of Socialized Medicine

February 25, 2010 at 09:22 (Health, News, Politics)

This isn’t some private, unregulated place, this is front-line socialized medicine. A preview of things to come here if the ignorant among us have their way. And don’t fall for the incremental change either. Whenever anyone in government does ANYTHING except remove previous laws and regulations (especially if they start dictating who can do what and when) you are going to see increased costs, decreasing quality, and eventually stories like the one below.

In this country, we have let the leftists dictate the terms of the argument, which is why we are even debating the subject. What goes thru your mind when you say ‘Health Care Reform’? Exactly. A Democrat plan to reform (implied meaning of making better) health care. And anyone that argues against their reform is therefore obviously against change, right? Just keep it like it is, right? See? The commies/socialists/fascists have always been good at turns of phrase that make themselves sound reasonable and the opposition sound evil.

Most people don’t pay attention or follow thru ideas to their logical consequences, either, which is another reason we are in this mess. Eventually we’ll all be like the people of New Orleans – just sitting on our roofs waiting for someone to come help us because we just can’t fathom helping ourselves. Welcome to the nanny state.

Patients were routinely neglected or left “sobbing and humiliated” by staff at an NHS trust where at least 400 deaths have been linked to appalling care.

An independent inquiry found that managers at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust stopped providing safe care because they were preoccupied with government targets and cutting costs.

The inquiry report, published yesterday by Robert Francis, QC, included proposals for tough new regulations that could lead to managers at failing NHS trusts being struck off.

Staff shortages at Stafford Hospital meant that patients went unwashed for weeks, were left without food or drink and were even unable to get to the lavatory. Some lay in soiled sheets that relatives had to take home to wash, others developed infections or had falls, occasionally fatal. Many staff did their best but the attitude of some nurses “left a lot to be desired”.

The report, which follows reviews by the Care Quality Commission and the Department of Health, said that “unimaginable” suffering had been caused. Regulators said last year that between 400 and 1,200 more patients than expected may have died at the hospital from 2005 to 2008.

Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, said there could be “no excuses” for the failures and added that the board that presided over the scandal had been replaced. An undisclosed number of doctors and at least one nurse are being investigated by the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council.



  1. futiledemocracy said,

    And yet, the UK socialised medicine system is ranked 18th in the World.
    America, is ranked 36th.
    We pay less than the US.
    Our life expectancy is greater than the US.
    Our child mortality rate is better than the US.
    Our EVIL SOCIALISED medicine, is better than your privatised system of selfishness.


  2. Man in the World said,

    The answers lie in how terms are defined, and by what criteria the rankings are made. By defining terms to suit a predefined and desired answer, many things turn out to not be as they appear. Also, a privatized system guarantees the idea of choice, which is fundamental to keeping quality high and cost down. Since that is not an option with socialized medicine, it follows logically that costs will soar and quality will decrease. Of course it all sounds good when you say it just right, and sadly, that’s the most thought most people put into it.

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