Lies, Damn Lies, and the NHS

November 30, 2010 at 11:22 am 2 comments

Our NHS has probably faced some degree of threat since its inception: there’s something about publicly-financed health services that stirs primordial juices on the rabid right.

 Now, I’m an NHS clinician as well as a patient, and I could literally write a book about some of the stupid misuses of NHS resources that occur on a daily basis. However that does NOT mean that the funding system is responsible for the inefficiencies. But the opposition don’t confine themselves to the truth, and there are outright lies being bandied about. This has always happened, but the healthcare ‘debate’ in the US has upped the ante. Here are my 3 favourite “facts” about the NHS:

  • “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s death panel so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their level of productivity in society, whether they are worthy of health care.” S Palin
  • “In the NHS you can’t get treatment when you are over 65” A German Dentist tells my sister how terrible healthcare is in her own home country.
  • “A full third of the NHS budget (is) dedicated to paying off malpractice suits” – Lionel Shriver proves she hasn’t gone native in The Post-Birthday World.

 Let’s debate the issues by all means. There are some genuine drawbacks to a publicly funded service. But let’s not spread lies, eh?

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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