Quality suffers in the NHS as they continuously have Fewer People do More with Less

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 27th, 2013

Week in Review

During the Summer Olympics in London last year the British showcased the National Health Service (NHS) during the opening ceremonies.  To show the world how great it is.  And how much the British people love their NHS.  For it is national health care at its best.  Well, the best that can be expected when your costs exceed your revenues.  And you have to ask fewer and fewer people to do more with less (see Police investigate hospital where dummy was taped to baby’s mouth by Sam Jones and agencies posted 1/27/2013 on the guardian).

A NHS trust criticised for its “appalling standards of care” has been forced to apologise after a baby boy was found with a dummy [i.e., a pacifier] taped to his face in one of its hospitals…

A separate, highly critical report by the Healthcare Commission in 2009 revealed a catalogue of failings at the trust and said “appalling standards” had put patients at risk.

In a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, the commission said, between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected.

In February 2010, an independent inquiry into events at the trust found it had “routinely neglected patients”.

A recent report, conducted by a team of independent experts on behalf of the regulator, Monitor, concluded that Mid Staffs was “financially and clinically unsustainable”.

It recently emerged the trust had paid out more than £1m in compensation to 120 victims of abuse or their families.

Not quite what they were portraying during the opening ceremonies.  Now there is more good in the NHS than there is stuff like this.  But what it shows is the dehumanizing nature of national health care.  Fewer people doing more with less.  Which means they have to ‘mass-produce’ health care.  Input as many people as possible into the system.  Process them as quickly as possible.  Then kick them out of the system.  And just as overworked people in factories complain about being overworked and underpaid, and quality suffers because of it, so is it, too, in hospitals.  Which leads to someone taping a pacifier to a baby’s mouth.  Appalling standards.  Routinely neglected patients.  And higher than expected death rates.

This is what happens when you nationalize health care.  And have an aging population.  The aging population shrinks the tax base which shrinks tax revenues that pay for health care.  While at the same time increasing health care costs to deal with that aging population.  Which leads to fewer people doing more with less.  And the problems they’re having in the NHS.  As we will have under Obamacare.  For Obamacare will be working with an aging population.  Where fewer people will have to do more with less.

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