Your Life (And Taxes) In Their Hands…

Bradley, 17, was told by specialists at the Royal Brompton hospital in London that his only option here in the UK was a heart and lung transplant.

Jaimie said: “We were told in September 2015 Brad’s mitral valve was in need of urgent replacement.

“Then they called and said, actually we’re not going to do it at all and I didn’t question it.

“I just assumed it was because they didn’t need to and was relieved.”

Fancy assuming that the NHS had the interest of the patient in mind!

The family was told again last autumn that Bradley urgently needed the valve replaced.

But this time, they decided to seek the opinion of a foreign medical service, rather than the one they are taxed to pay for. And it proved to be the right decision.

Jaimie said: “The specialist is hopeful Brad will eventually have up to 90 per cent functionality of his lungs.

The NHS wanted to remove them. The surgeon has fixed Brad’s heart, the NHS wanted to remove that too.

“They were going to kill Brad, yet here he sits, same heart and lungs.”

The comments are rather interesting. Particularly this one:

clubrob631st July 1:53 pm

When something goes wrong in our NHS its headline news.The vast majority of cases the NHS deals with it gets it right.

No doubt if Twitter had been around on the 15th April in 1912, some member of the White Star Line would be posting ‘Look, let’s not get carried away, look at all the White Star Line ships that actually reached New York!’

8 comments for “Your Life (And Taxes) In Their Hands…

  1. JS
    August 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    “When something goes wrong in our NHS its headline news.The vast majority of cases the NHS deals with it gets it right.”

    Well I hope the NHS would deal with the vast majority of cases in a way that’s at least justifiable as being “right”.
    That’s not half as impressive a claim as clubrob thinks.

    In many, if not most, cases the public doesn’t know when something goes wrong.
    The mistake or wrongdoing either doesn’t come to light, deliberately or otherwise, or the family just want to grieve and try to get on with their lives. They may well not want to drag the pain out for years by going up against the entire NHS, especially when there isn’t an obvious smoking gun and all they have is a suspicion.

  2. Jim
    August 8, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    “When something goes wrong in our NHS its headline news.The vast majority of cases the NHS deals with it gets it right.”

    Bollocks. The NHS buries most of its mistakes and the rest are ignored or suffered in silence by the victims. The vast vast majority of the things the NHS f*cks up royally never make it even to a formal complaint, let alone the press or a court. I could name you several people in my personal acquaintance that the NHS has killed through incompetence, but the families didn’t want to ‘make a fuss’ (or believed the lies the NHS told them). My own father ended up blind in one eye because of an NHS f*ck up – he had an operation for a cataract, and was ordered to have nil by mouth for a while after the op, a nurse came round straight after the op and fed him a full meal, which he promptly threw up due to the anaesthetic, the pressure of the vomiting caused his retina to fail to heal properly. That never made any stats, because the effects were not seen for years to come, and my parents were not the complaining type.
    From personal experience of the NHS I’d say the number of patient cases where the NHS does everything right is vanishingly small.

    • Mudplugger
      August 8, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      “The NHS buries most of its mistakes” – that phrase is, of course, literally true.

  3. August 8, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Unfortunately the large number of cases where the NHS get it wrong are starving the organisation of funds. Lawsuits account for almost half the NHS budget.

    Thats why when the Tories say they are paying more money into the NHS and Labour say that less maoney is getting to the NHS, both are right.

    The government is putting more money in, but less of that money is going in to treatment and more is going into lawyers fees and payouts.

    If the NHS could sack these incompetents (which is pretty difficult as it stands) then the legal bill will go down and the NHS would be left with competent clinicians working with a bigger budget, able to do more.

    • Pcar
      August 8, 2018 at 9:33 pm


      Lawsuits account for almost half the NHS budget.

      Fake News



      • Pcar
        August 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm

        2015/16 Financial year ~£2.5 billion was spent settling claims

        Source: Taxpayers Alliance

  4. Errol
    August 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    By sheer scale the NHS will make mistakes. It’s also not ‘ours’. It’s ‘the’. Labour termed it thus to make it sound friendly and not a giant government department providing home for overpaid incompetent wasters.

  5. Ljh
    August 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    When you get the GMC giving the “consultant “ who ripped the body of a baby off the head which was firmly stuck behind an undilated cervix, another bash at treating the unwary, you know the system is utterly corrupt and unaccountable.

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