Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Res Ipsa Loquitur of the Day

From the March 31st Daily Mail (U.K.):
Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation -- at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust -- the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

He said: 'I don't really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.'

Mr Hutchon, of Great Baddow, Essex, said his wife, 72, had initially undergone major stomach surgery last June but the follow up procedures were repeatedly abandoned.
Another "unintended consequence" of government fiat-medicine--just like in those instances where medicine is socialized in the U.S.

(via Best of the Web)


anton said...

So sad story that you don't get the reason for her death from hospital. Feed sad for you dear.

A_Nonny_Mouse said...

How very sad for her family.

IS there ANY chance that the people of Great Britain will decide they've had enough of their government's mishandling of-- well, of EVERYTHING they've touched? (Y'know, not just instigating socialized medicine, but also inviting more-and-ever-more parasitical immigrants having NO appreciation of British culture/ history/ achievement into their country... Yes, I'm referring to the deadly influx of "Asians" who prefer Sharia over the Magna Carta.)

OBloodyHell said...

Calling Alanis!! Calling Alanis!?!

That song you wrote? THIS is the meaning of the word. Not those stupid examples you gave.


ANM: Don't forget their efforts to be so green as to become a country that's technologically fourth world.

Soon they'll be eligible to appear as the centerpiece in this cartoon.

Carl said...

OBH: great link to the Daily Telegraph article.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

OBH - Loved wondermark. Thanks.

Gringo said...

At least there was no favoritism granted a former NHS director. She got treated just as the rabble would have been treated.