Meanwhile, in the nation with the health system the American left is trying to emulate in the states…

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation – at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

He said: ‘I don’t really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.’

Mr Hutchon, of Great Baddow, Essex, said his wife, 72, had initially undergone major stomach surgery last June but the follow up procedures were repeatedly abandoned.

I read the question from a commenter at Free Republic and will repeat it here: If you’re an NHS Director and die due to NHS bureaucracy and/or mismanagement, does that qualify you for a Darwin Award?

Many members of the Obama administration think the UK’s NHS is totally awesome and want to duplicate it in the US. Here’s the Obama administration’s head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick:

I am romantic about the NHS; I love it. All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country [the US].

The National Health Service is one of the truly astounding human endeavors of modern times. Just look at what you are trying to be: comprehensive, equitable, available to all, free at the point of care, and – more and more – **aiming for excellence by world-class standards.

(**Disclaimer: Your mileage may vary)


10 Responses to “Government-Run Health Care Horror Stories, Part MCVII”

  1. Clu Seatoe on March 31st, 2011 4:22 pm

    Not only that but it will be worse in the United States.

    The doctors will be, god forbid, civil servants — unionized and tenured foreigners who got their education and licenses in the Caribbean (Haiti), Ukraine or North Africa. Then imagine your local DMV as admitting and how encouraging and uplifting an experience that will be as you enter the hospital.

    Sweetie, come and say goodbye to Grandma.

  2. sizemorew on March 31st, 2011 4:33 pm

    Just recently spent some time in the hospital. It wasn't a fun experience, but I'm just glad I had to get my spleen removed before Obamacare kicked in.

    However, articles like this one don't shock me anymore after reading this article from last August. And despite these horror stories, people still think the European system is better.

  3. Joe Redfield on March 31st, 2011 5:10 pm

    This would never happen in the US; the politcians would vote themselves an automatic exemption from waiting in line behind the peasants.

  4. Marshall_Will on March 31st, 2011 5:35 pm


    Dear we are so sorry to hear that. Just glad you are doing better. Don't let any of us upset you! Take it easy for awhile?

  5. Dandapani on March 31st, 2011 6:46 pm

    The woman died of… wait for it… OLD AGE. Get it? No? Very simple. She was too old and it was not worth the cost to keep her alive per the systemic cost cutting measures the NHS put in place. Plain and simple.

  6. Marshall_Will on March 31st, 2011 7:44 pm


    Right, and the Brit Gov-employed doctor said; "Call me if the patient's condition changes!" Not to make light of it, this is someone's MOTHER we're talking about here! At the same time, we hope she's smiling down on us that we haven't forgotten all what had happened to her!

    What is really sad is you have all these Unemployed Brit kids sitting around all day getting high and listening to music, but there aren't enough MD's to go around? Here's your MOP kid, next week we'll show you how the bedpan works!

  7. Fuzzlenutter on April 1st, 2011 8:39 am

    Of course this ASSHAT Donald Berwick would LOVE to bring the British NHS system here to the US. That's because this ASSHAT Donald Berwick will NEVER have to rely on the long waits and incompetent services…


  8. SignPainterGuy on April 1st, 2011 8:13 pm

    I have a mental image of Donald Berwick having the shakes, barely able to resist the urge to run his hands over the circular blades of meat slicers at Arby`s or the grocery store meat dept. He must have thought his Mother was crazy when she told him not to stick his hand into the meat grinder.

    Seeing patients suffer at the hands of NHS officials didn`t turn him away !

  9. John T on April 4th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Technically, to qualify for the Darwin Award you have to "remove yourself from the gene pool" before you have kids. Otherwise, its too late…

  10. Flanges on January 1st, 2015 4:26 pm

    Indeed true it is.

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