The NHS to offer a new National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 29th, 2012

Week in Review

Sure, we have Obamacare.  But it looks like the NHS may be putting one over on the Americans when it comes to health care.  They’re introducing a brand new specialty (see First dance injury clinic for NHS to open posted 4/29/2012 on the BBC News Health).

The NHS is opening its first specialist dance injury clinic, with hopes for others to follow around the UK.

It is part of a new National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science which is backed by several dance organisations and two universities.

The clinic will offer highly specialised treatment and rehabilitation services…

Dance UK, the professional organisation for dancers, estimates that 80% are injured every year.

Those who are part of an established company may get limited access to private healthcare, but the majority of dancers who are freelance rely on the NHS…

Many within the world of dance talk about a culture of tolerating pain as part of the physical endurance needed. It can make it hard for dancers to know when to stop.

Perhaps I’ve been wrong.  Perhaps national health care is better.  I mean, here’s the NHS creating a specialty to heal dancers.  A specialty in Dance Medicine and Science.  My hat’s off to the NHS.  Introducing a specialty like this clearly shows that they care for their people.  All of their people.  And will provide for them.  Every last one of them.  So bravo, national health care.  You are indeed better than the private health care we have in America.  But we have seen the errors of our way.  And will soon embrace Obamacare.  And join your caring ranks.  Following your lead to a better health care future.

The inspiration for the clinic comes partly from New York where the dance community has been able to access highly specialised care for more than 20 years.

Never mind.

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