and through the last door on the right.

……and the number of patients not treated in A&E within four hours is one of the highest ever.

NHS hospital patients in England waiting more than 18 weeks to begin treatment have risen to their highest levels in almost seven years,

Nine out of ten hospitals with major ‘type 1’ A&E departments (as opposed to single specialty units, walk-in centres and minor injuries units – see box, right, for details) breached the standard.

Dementia sufferer Albert Hooley, a 92-year-old Second World War veteran, was among those left waiting on a trolley as A&E workers battled to deal with the huge influx.

He pointed out that Britain now had more than one million workers from the Eastern European countries who joined the EU in 2004, plus nearly a million from Western EU nations and a quarter of a million more from Romania and Bulgaria.


Strange, is it not, that even with all the moaning and whining about massive queues, and the shortfall in NHS funding; we do not see one simple correlation between the first three headlines, and the last! Ignoring, as we should, the massive numbers of Muslims coming over to join their ‘families’. Ignoring, because to include those numbers of Muslims would be seen indeed as ‘Wayciiist! Strange, indeed!

8 comments for “and through the last door on the right.

  1. Stonyground
    December 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Stories about the NHS providing a lousy service have been in the news on and off for as long as I can remember. In all these years I have never heard it mentioned that maybe state run socialised healthcare is actually be the problem.

    • Errol
      December 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      The problem the NHS has is that it’s customers are not the patients who use it, but the government. In that they are inherently inefficient and it has no reason to improve itself beyond the demands of that customer.

      The NHS is also confused internally, believing that internal competition is how to drive improvements in service where all it is really doing is slowing down responsiveness. Again though, the NHS’ customer doesn’t care about this because it isn’t interested in efficiency, just cost.

    • Gregory Tingey
      December 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      This level of IGNORANT & STUPID we can do without.
      You are a prat.
      See my separate post at the end of this thread ….

  2. The Jannie
    December 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    The “state run” aspect may have been the clincher in developing the top-heavy self-serving bureaucracy the NHS has become.

    • Ted Treen
      December 11, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      The NHS is, unfortunately, the epitome of Pournelle’s Iron Law.

      Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy

      In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.

      • Gregory Tingey
        December 13, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        The problem with the NHS is:
        Poor Communications, at all levels.
        The amount of time & therefore money that is wasted in chasing down information & passing it on to those who need it is amazing.
        Guess how I know this?

  3. December 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    The fact that the NHS is under pressure from the bottom (more patients and requirements for more expensive drugs) and from the top (not enough funds to cover the extra influx or higher drug costs) is leading to the crisis.

    Should the NHS really be at the cutting edge of medicine, or is it only a safety net for the uninsured?
    Should it really be treating everyone for free even if they have no proof they are eligible?

    Will the government come out of denial and recognize the extra influx of immigrants has had a large impact on the amount of treatment the NHS has to provide?

    Why aren’t the NHS leveraging their size and getting better/bigger discounts for drugs?

    Why were vocational nursing staff discontinued in favour of cheap foreign labour? (That one’s rhetorical…)

    Why does it take a disproportionate amount of management staff to manage the front line staff?

    Is it selfish to use emotional blackmail to make the NHS liable to provide vastly expensive cancer drugs to extend a person’s life just for a few months?

    A grown-up, reasoned debate on what the NHS can afford to cover, what it can’t cover and who it can and can’t treat. Without the impassioned/manic wailing from the left is what is required. Otherwise the chaos will continue.

    Throwing money at the NHS isn’t the answer. The spend needs to be controlled by actual managers, not the usual ineffective public service fodder.

  4. Gregory Tingey
    December 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm


    Here is a sub-set of a very useful web-site, called “Our World in Data”…
    This section deals with financing Healthcare:
    There are a lot of graphs & tables, but nos 18 & 23 are the ones to look at, especially 23.
    I will try to link to the latter, but it may not work, ok?×550.png

    I hope that does it.

    The UK is right in the middle of the grouping of all the countries with state-funded single-payer healthcare as the majority method.
    Now look at the only country without proper healthcare – the USA.
    Um err …
    Should tell its own story, I hope.

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