The Elderly suffer Insanitary Conditions and Inadequate Nutrition in Britain’s NHS

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 27th, 2012

Week in Review

National health care is having problems in the UK.  Their biggest customers are suffering from poor treatment.  The elderly.  In part because the NHS does such a good job at keeping the elderly alive (see ‘Friends and family’ test for hospitals by James Kirkup posted 5/25/2012 on The Telegraph).

Ministers are trying to improve standards after warnings from watchdogs that too many patients, especially the elderly, experience poor standards of basic care, including insanitary conditions and inadequate nutrition.

NHS staff are already asked to take the “friends and family” test, but the Prime Minister will say that extending it to patients will bring benefits to the service…

The Care Quality Commission last year found that one in five hospitals failed to meet basic standards of care for elderly patients.

This is a problem.  For many patients in a hospital are elderly.  Almost half of the patients in the NHS are age 60 or over.  So they’re dropping the ball on about half of the 16 million or so patients in the hospitals of the NHS.  If this were baseball batting almost 500 would be pretty good.  But this isn’t baseball.  And it’s just a bit unsettling that of all the moms and dads getting admitted to an NHS hospital about half of them will suffer poor treatment.  Including insanitary conditions.  And inadequate nutrition.

Will this happen in the US under Obamacare?  Well, the US has about five times the population as the UK.  And the UK has been practicing national health care for a long time.  So we probably won’t be as good as the British are at national health care.  So less skilled with about five times the patients?  I think it’s fair to say that the elderly will suffer even more poor treatment in the Obamacare system than they do in the NHS.  Especially with our aging population.

And it’s this aging population that’s the big problem.  People are living longer.  And because they’re living longer they’re having more hospital stays.  Requiring greater health care expenditures.  But because the population is aging the young have to carry ever larger shares of these health care expenditures.  As in higher taxes.  For the group consuming these health care services is growing faster than the group paying for them.  So they raise tax rates where they can.  And ration services.  To make their limited resources cover more and more patients.  Including having nurses treat more patients.  Sort of in a production line mode.  Spend as little time with each patient as possible.  To increase the number of patients processed.  It’s at this point when patients begin to fall between the cracks.  And suffer poor treatment.

This is the direction Obamacare will take us.  For when it comes to national health care the NHS is one of the best.  But it still ranks below most private health care.  Even Medicare.  For Medicare still operates in the realm of the private sector.  The government reimburses health care providers after the fact.  After the patient received treatment in the private health care system.  But once Obamacare morphs into the full-blown national health care system those on the Left want Medicare will struggle to meet the quality level of the NHS.  It will struggle to only mistreat about half of their elderly patients.  Because Obamacare will have five times the elderly patients than the NHS has.  It’s just simple math.

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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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