Government-Run Health Care Horror Stories, Part MCVII

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)

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