British Soldiers receive Better Treatment in Military Field Hospitals than in Britain’s NHS

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 15th, 2012

Week in Review

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) treats all Britons.  Even their military wounded in battle.  It doesn’t matter.  The NHS takes care of all Britons.  Where they put patients before profits.  And negligence before quality in some cases (see Wounded soldiers sue military hospital for medical negligence after receiving ‘poor treatment’ by Tom Gardner posted 4/15/2012 on the Daily Mail).

When they signed up to risk life and limb for their country, they expected in return to receive a decent level of care if they were wounded.

But new figures have revealed troops returning injured from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq are suing a specialist hospital for medical negligence.

Over the past three years, 13 soldiers have launched compensation claims against the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital…

… experts say there is a gap between the world-class care frontline soldiers receive on the battlefield and the aftercare they receive when they are repatriated.

Clinical negligence specialist Philippa Tuckman said: ‘I think as far as Birmingham is concerned, there is a gap between the emergency care and what comes next.

‘The acute care is usually very good. The battlefield and emergency treatment is an example to others which has been picked up around the world.

‘What they are not so good at is the general practice and the day to day less dramatic care, which is just as important.

So in other words, the care they received when first airlifted from the battlefield to a field hospital is better than the care they received when they returned home.  And became a patient in the National Health Service.  It’s sort of like that in the U.S.  Where the VA hospitals were notorious for substandard care.  Things are better than they used to be.  But if a veteran has the option (money, spouse’s health insurance, etc.) they’ll go to a private hospital.  For better care.  At least, while they have that choice.

Obamacare will change all that.  And give our veterans the same choice British veterans have.  None.  And the overall quality of health care will decline.  For when you’re treating more patients with the same resources you can’t raise the VA up to the level of the private hospitals.  You’ll have to lower the level of health care everywhere to the level of the VA hospitals.

Britain doesn’t hate their wounded veterans when they return home.  It’s just that when they get home they enter a much larger health care system that spreads limited resources over more people.  Which can’t but decline the level of quality they receive.  As it will be under Obamacare in America.  As it will be everywhere when they try to spread limited resources to more people.  Sure, everyone will have access to health care under Obamacare.  It just won’t be as good as it used to be.  And more people will suffer medical negligence.  Like those British soldiers returning to Britain.

Mr Garthley was also ordered to take off his uniform at Selly Oak hospital – then home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine – in case it offended ethnic minority patients, sparking national outrage.

Imagine that.  A British soldier had to remove his British uniform for treatment in the British NHS.  You know, if anyone has earned the right to leave his clothes on you’d think it would be a British soldier wounded in battle.  Perhaps they should have removed the offended patients to another room.  Apologizing, of course, for their inconvenience.  But we’re treating national heroes here.  And, frankly, when it comes to heroes politics don’t enter into the discussion.

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