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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,348
    All I know is that the private hospital doctor saved David’s life, it it hadn’t been for him doing a world wide research, he wouldn’t be here now. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,043
    Lyn said:
    All I know is that the private hospital doctor saved David’s life, it it hadn’t been for him doing a world wide research, he wouldn’t be here now. 
    Lots of lives are saved by NHS doctors every day
    Devon.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 1,605
    edited December 2019
    With six cancers, a brain aneurysm and multiple minor procedures my wife has had plenty of experience of both private hospitals and NHS ones. When she has experienced trouble it has been in NHS hospitals and in GP’s practices but that is not meant as an overarching criticism of the NHS service. It is often exemplary and, with a few rare exceptions, she has been impressed by the hospital doctors with whom she has interacted. The NHS cannot be blamed when it is starved of funds by politicians and an electorate who puts them in power.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,043
    BenCotto said:
     The NHS cannot be blamed when it is starved of funds by politicians and an electorate who puts them in power.
    Especially when some of those who complain loudest have paid in least, or nothing at all.
    Devon.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,148
    My brother was in a private hospital for a minor op where they perforated his bowel without noticing ... he nearly bled out before they noticed ... they called an ambulance and sent him to the nearest A&E ... they didn’t have the facilities (blood) or staff for emergency care apparently. 

    So much easier to run an efficient set up if you don't have to cope with unplanned events like accidents and emergencies eh? 🙄 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,367
    One of the biggest problems from the perspective of the NHS, is that you might be having a procedure privately, but if something goes wrong, you will be transferred to the NHS, which may well lead to the cancellation of operations within the NHS, in order to fit you in.
    It often seems to be forgotten, that the vast majority of the Dr's that work in the private sector also work in the NHS, so all you are really paying for: is a nice room, better food, and a lot of sycophancy. [ sorry personal feelings intruding there ]
    Did they tear it out with talons of steel
    And give you a shot, so that you wouldn't feel?
    And washed it away as if it wasn't real?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,348
    Apart from my sons treatment, I haven’t found any of the cases in our family was due to lack of funds.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 1,605
    And convenience, punkdoc. My hernia repair was sorted out in just over 4 weeks from seeing the GP to having the operating done as I am in the fortunate position of having private health insurance. And it could have been a week earlier but I chose a time that suited me. A friend in Kent with exactly the same condition has had his NHS operation cancelled four times and is approaching a seven month wait.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,378
    I've moaned often about the problems of getting through to our GP, let alone actually getting an appointment.  I had a shock yesterday when I was only in the queue for 2 or 3 minutes and got an appointment for my missus this Thursday.  I know they have been taking on more staff and it is making a difference.  Their website is next to useless though. :)
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,367
    I agree @BenCotto, but why should having insurance trump [ sorry ] clinical need, which is sadly what happens?
    Did they tear it out with talons of steel
    And give you a shot, so that you wouldn't feel?
    And washed it away as if it wasn't real?
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