Britons protest yet another Hospital Closure in the Cash-Strapped NHS

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 27th, 2013

Week in Review

The American Left celebrated the passage of Obamacare.  Even though it wasn’t really what they wanted.  Full blown national health care.  Like in Britain.  Where everyone has equal access to health care.  Though some may have to drive farther than others (see Lewisham Hospital: 15,000 march against closure plan posted 1/26/2013 on BBC News London).

At least 15,000 people have marched in protest against proposals to close services at a hospital in south London…

Under proposals, its A&E will close and the maternity unit be downgraded after neighbouring South London Healthcare NHS Trust ran up debts of £150m.

The government said “doing nothing is not an option” and is to make a decision on 1 February…

Lewisham’s A&E unit would then be downgraded to an urgent care centre, meaning emergency cases would be seen at nearby hospitals. The maternity unit at Lewisham could also be slimmed down, meaning complex cases would be dealt with elsewhere.

South London Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs three hospitals, was placed in administration last year when it started losing about £1.3m a week.

The problems it faces are not unique. Last year it was reported 20 trusts had declared themselves financially unsustainable in their current form.

So this is what we have to look forward to under Obamacare.  Hospital closings.  Longer drives to emergency rooms.  And complex births becoming more complex.  All because free health care is very, very costly.

The UK is losing millions at these NHS trusts (the bodies responsible for managing the hospital finances) because of their aging population.  People are having fewer babies these days than the generation in retirement.  So you have fewer people entering the workforce to replace those leaving the workforce.  So there are fewer people paying the health care costs.  While the number of seniors consuming those costs is growing.  And you just can’t raise tax rates high enough on a shrinking tax base to sustain this health care model.  So you have to cut costs.  And you do that by closing hospitals.  Or putting patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient.  A quasi death panel in the UK.  And whatever equivalent there will be under Obamacare.

This is what the American Left wants in America.  For America, too, has an aging population.  Though those on the left are sure they will be spared from what will most probably become horrible conditions in our hospitals for the rest of us.  For while they condemn us to equality of care where everyone receives equally substandard care they will enjoy a different kind of equality.  Where they are more equal than others.  And won’t have to suffer what the ordinary Britons are suffering through now.  Or what ordinary Americans will soon be suffering.

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