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Sunday, August 29, 2010

The NHS Needs Competition Or You Die.

The problem with the NHS is that it is not a comprehensive health service.  That would not be a problem if the NHS admitted as much.

But it does not.

If the doctor knows he cannot afford to check you out further (after a five minute cursory chat) you are invariably told that you are depressed.

What he should say is,'I have decided not to dedicate any more resources to your case, as you are not fitting into a targetable category.  The quango that runs the NHS has instructed me to bundle you out of my surgery as quickly as  I can.  You will have to find alternatives to the NHS if you need further help.'

There is a desperate need for an alternative health service, provided outside the NHS non-comprehensive service, where people can pay to be assessed in more detail and over  a longer time frame.

I know of such a hospital, where I go and have paid about £40,000 over three years.  It has saved the quality of my life, and maybe my life total.

Prior to that, once I had spent years being told that I was depressed by uninterested GPs, I used to travel to Brussels where there are many private doctors operating for very reasonable prices.  I believe that one of these doctors probably saved my life by administering intravenous magnesium, at a time when my heart was malfunctioning.


He told me he was amazed that British hospitals don't administer magnesium to critical heart patients, but still give electric shock treatment, which knocks out a lot of the circuitry your heart might need to survive.

Another doctor told me that we have spare circuits which the brain eventually activates once it has decided to abandon the original circuit.  Zapping the heart with strong electric currents can damage these spare circuits, but that is the NHS' chosen method of dealing with heart rhythm malfunctions, unless you're called Tony Blair, whose case was treated with a more expensive process (freezing the tissue around the main nerve to stop it malfunctioning.  He suffered from ventricular fibrillation which is not life threatening, unlike atrial which can be).

No wonder we lose 100s of 1000s more people to heart problems a year than Germany does, given the cattle class treatment that most of us get.

Saying that, the Belgian doctor told me that vets give farm animals magnesium shots as a matter of course, but humans in Britain are clearly seen as more expendable.  Magnesium is not given.  If we produced milk or wool, our lives would be worth more to the State.

The private hospital that keeps me going in London also administers vaccines.  They were delivering the MMR as three separate jabs to give sensitive kids less of a smack of mercury.  The licensing authority removed their license to administer the vaccines.

Many of the hospital's patients have Lymes Disease, caused by tick bites where deer roam.

The NHS are not permitted to diagnose or test for Lymes Disease.  They have to call it something else, which gets the patients out of the surgery...depression and the like.

If this little private hospital did not exist, these patients would have nowhere to go.  These people are seriously ill, and the condition can be infectious. For them as in my case, they are lucky to find it.

It is sad to think that such excellent small private hospitals have to fight against the health bureaucracy to exist.....and very very wrong.

We have a non-comprehensive dishonest big brother health regime, which needs dismantling to the point that other forms of provision can come into existence.

Or just carry on dying and suffering, as we are doing now.

WSJ -  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704554104575435122771916614.html?KEYWORDS=Can+You+Fix+The+NHS

The WSJ sees that the problem with the NHS is that there is always more demand than supply.   The point is though when will the NHS admit this to patients, and start being honest?

1 comment:

tapestry said...

From Bob A Pharmacist -

"The NHS needs competition or you die", says your blog. Yes, any diagnosis needing expensive tests or long courses of costly treatment is often dismissed as depression. Improved technology is of course the problem.

Attached is "Can the NHS be fixed?" from Wall Street Journal, 24 August. Do you think that the delegation of decisions about individual patients can do all that is claimed? Won't this mean too much pressure on doctors who at present can say "my hands are tied" when rejecting the best treatment?
But this delegation of decisions does seem to be the best way of countering the WSJ editorial's final sentence "... while another demands the service"?

It's Lyme disease, not Lymes disease.

Vets give magnesium to cattle to treat grass tetany - "a serious, often fatal metabolic disorder characterized by low level of magnesuim in the blood serum of cattle." (Google). Nothing to do with the heart.