Tales From The Glorious World Of Universal Healthcare: A Majority of UK Doctors Do Not Trust Their Own Hospitals

From a country that has been at this for over 70 years comes this tale of confidence, competence and precise execution – in the UK Daily Telegraph: Doctors don’t trust their own hospitals

Up to two-thirds of doctors and nurses at some hospitals would not recommend that their family and friends are treated where they work, internal NHS figures disclose on Friday.

Staff at North Cumbria University Hospitals and United Lincolnshire Hospitals are the least likely to recommend treatment, according to figures that are being scrutinised closely by ministers.

Less than 40 per cent of those employed at the trusts, both of which have relatively high death rates, would recommend the treatment available, compared with more than 90 per cent of staff at the top-rated hospitals.

Nationally, almost 40 per cent of NHS staff would not recommend the treatment available at their hospitals to their friends and family.

The figures are based on an internal NHS survey of more than 100,000 staff working at more than 259 NHS organisations across England.

The Daily Telegraph on Friday will publish the full details of the “family and friends” test which the Prime Minister believes provides one of the most accurate indicators on the quality of hospital care.

In the survey, 203,000 NHS staff were asked to react to the statement: “If a friend or relative needed treatment, I would be happy with the standard of care provided by this organisation,” saying whether they strongly agreed, strongly disagreed, agreed, disagreed or had no view.

More than 101,000 staff responded. Nationally, 63 per cent said they strongly agreed or agreed with the statement; 12 per cent said they disagreed or disagreed strongly; 25 per cent did not “express a preference”. Therefore, 37 per cent of staff did not recommend treatment.

At 17 NHS trusts, fewer than half of staff would recommend treatment to friends and families.

Welcome to your future on Obamacare.

12 thoughts on “Tales From The Glorious World Of Universal Healthcare: A Majority of UK Doctors Do Not Trust Their Own Hospitals

    • Bait? It’s reality.

      M. posted his own dilemma from when he lived over there. Wonder if I can find those…..plays Muzak…. here we go: https://therionorteline.com/?s=socialized+medicine&submit=Search (I included the whole kit and kaboodle because it’s well written.) Basically, he has some sort of sleeping disorder called sleep apnea and the doctors over there putzed around on prescribing this scuba mask thingy that he has to sleep with. He finally got the prescription……………here in America.

      Sexy beast, I heard that they chased all of your ilk away. I read that Europe was a Squatch-free zone now.

      • I will read Michael’s piece, but commenting on this post would be like commenting on Walter William’s piece in yesterday’s paper. So many wholes we could fly drones through them. 🙂

      • Not true – I hear that Squatchie summers in Val d’Isère.

        I can finish the sleep apnea story – I took William Gates’ advice and went to an ENT guy over here – I am scheduled to have an operation on my sinuses on the 19th of this month to correct some pretty serious blockages in my left sinus. My doc here says that the CPAP machine was only going to treat the symptoms for the rest of my life and this will cure it once and for all.

        • I don’t know why you don’t just do a nasal douche; highly uncomfortable, but it works. I can give you a step-by-step if you’d like….

          There was a sighting of the sexy beast at La Vela last night. This happens to be the same venue where I met him, waxed him, and had him produce his music video. After that, I encouraged him to let his hair grow back so he could work in film….I think I have a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm5w-jBXJ5o (He insisted that he be kept in the dark until I convinced him that he was beautiful, as you can see…..)

          The sexy beast will probably delete this comment as I am dishing out too much information. Well, so be it! That is what he gets!

  1. These stories assume that the people involved actually needed the things prescribed. I am not justifying the deplorable treatment people receive in the UK, but it isn’t so great in the USA, either, it’s just that so far you can still buy some of the medical paraphernalia you want. Most interactions with a medico in the USA are full of supercilious attitude and cookbook treatment. The quest for individual diagnosis and treatment is lost, as is being treated by a lady or gentleman. Don’t question. Don’t disagree. Don’t hold back from superstition. If you do, you are threatened with rough treatment, insurance non-payment and incarceration. I shudder to think how terrible it will get once the (U)ACA is fully functioning. Tin gods do not give up their power willingly. The best treatment my family has received from medicos is after a minor emergency from a doc-in-the-box because he had to treat people well or, as an independent practitioner/businessman, no one would return. You asked for ‘free’ medical treatment, now let’s see how the meaning of TANSTAAFL applies.

  2. Without responding to a specific article, I would just say that my wife and I have been friends with a couple in the UK for 15 years. We have vacationed together almost every year since we met them. Their healthcare system is far from perfect, but they describe options not available to those solely dependent upon the National Health Service.

    When I discuss the state of our healthcare system, I never say we should adopt the British plan or the Canadian plan. I believe we should modify our system to fit us. But again, partisan politics and special interests get in the way. I don’t know what to do about that beyond what I am now doing.

  3. My former congressman Roscoe Bartlett relayed a story from his son, who is in the health care profession in Florida.
    It went something like this.
    His son works at a hospital close to Disney world. What they see on a regular basis is people from the UK. They tell them that after getting a diagnosis for heart disease requiring surgery, that the standard waiting time is more than 2 years. If it seams that might be to long in their particular case, SOP is to buy a ticket to Disney world. the activity will trigger a episode. The excellent staff at Disney world, and the high quality American health system will have them in surgery within a hour or two.
    After which, they hop on a plane back to the UK. Leaving their condition, and the payments for treatment behind.

    • That is distressing, even more so than U.S. citizens with no insurance doing the same (seeking care and leaving the bill behind). However, I’m not sure what constitutes a “regular basis” or what could, or should, be done to stop it.

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