British Red Cross: Socialized Medicine, a “Humanitarian Crisis”

There’s a well worn proverb that simply states “be careful for what you wish for” or perhaps more to the point “what you vote for” concerning the most important issue within our lifetime, “our health.” It’s the single most important issue perhaps next to national security, and more important then our economy and whatever happens to our pocketbooks, because both those issues have a profound effect to our physical wellbeing, and perhaps even how long we may live, if we get it wrong.

The lure of “free healthcare” promised to all by a street wise 77-year old, Socialist exclaiming from the podium that “free healthcare for all” is a Constitutional right, sounds appealing to the millions of young starry eyed supporters.

In a recent op-ed, the Vermont senator wrote, “Guaranteeing health care as a right is important to the American people not just from a moral and financial perspective; it also happens to be what the majority of the American people want.”

However even those within his party warned that such a radical proposal would lead to “significant administrative and other issues,” those issues that House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md, might be referencing is what is currently taking place across the pond in the UK.

The British Red Cross has announced that overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms has become a “humanitarian crisis,” within the United Kingdom. The crisis has become so severe that the organization has dispatched volunteers to help patients go home and free up hospital beds.

Moreover the British health trusts the government agency that allocates funds to the socialized National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom, has been forced to ration cataract eye care to patients who are slowly going blind because the NHS cannot afford to provide care to them.

The scandal became public after the watchdog group called NICE, blew the whistle concerning the 4.5 million Brits who are suffering a variety of eye diseases, many being denied surgery even with severely impaired sight.

NICE discovered that nearly two-thirds of the members within the health trusts group either ignored or simply denied providing healthcare to those millions of patients, because they were not legally required to do so, even though they’re mandated under the purposed umbrella of Socialized National Health Service.

A spokesman for NHS Clinical Commissioners, representing CCGs, said they faced “spiraling demands, competing priorities and increasing financial pressures’ while trying to ensure patients ‘get the best possible care’.

Adding, “On a daily basis, clinical commissioners are forced to make difficult decisions that balance the needs of the individual, against those of their entire local population.”

However overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms, and refusing to administer medical treatment to cataract patients, is just the tip of the iceberg. According to a recent report from the Royal College of Surgeons nearly a quarter-of-a-million Brits have been waiting almost 6-months for planned medical treatments.

Moreover over 36,000 patents are currently in “treatment gridlock” waiting to see a healthcare professional for 9-months or more, which brings the UK’s healthcare crisis into proper focus and the reason why patients are waiting and in some instances dying before they even get a chance to see a physician.

There are currently over 39,000 nursing spots open within the UK, and a vacancy rate of over 10% among medical staff with nearly 9,000 posts unoccupied, this is the primary reason why patients face long wait times and rationing of healthcare.

To make matters worst, the crisis isn’t about to slowdown anytime soon with an estimated 750 medical practices predicted to close within the next 5-years, largely because heavy workloads are pushing older doctors to retire early.

Ironically the Bernie myth of “free healthcare” seems to resonate with many Americans. An astounding 60% of Americans in 2017, thought government run healthcare was a good thing…which leads me to wonder is anyone paying attention regarding the healthcare crisis across the pond?

4 comments

  1. Lee Jenkinson

    I am positive that many changes have taken place since I lived in Britain during the fifties and sixties. Undoubtedly, one of them was the practice of travelling to Britain to get “free” medical care. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if being in the European Union exacerbated that particular problem. It also probably didn’t help that quite a few M.D.s and nurses left Britain for better pay elsewhere. If the author of this piece wanted to badmouth “socialized” medicine, the British model fell into his lap quite conveniently. However, he notably stays away from the French, German, Scandinavian and Nordic models of that same “socialized” medicine for reasons best explained by a personal bias against this form of cost reduction for health care. While I would agree that healthcare is not a “right” or a “privilege” I would also argue that it is nevertheless necessary for the smooth running of society.

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