Health Care Reform – Brit Style

Free health care for everyone. After all, it is a right. No, it is not a Constitutional right, but so what? Every other civilized country has some form of national health care, so why not us?

Consider the plight of Torron Eeles of Welham Green, Herfordshire.

Before you look it up on Google Earth, let me save you the time. It is in England. Home of tea, stiff upper lips, dry humor and the NHS (National Health Service).

But what about Torron Eeles you ask?

It seems that Mr. Eeles had the unfortunate accident in which he fell down the stairs some 10 months ago. He has had 4 operations scheduled to repair the damage, but all were canceled by the NHS.

The father-of-three today hit out at the NHS for the ‘unacceptable delays’, but East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said Mr Eeles had his operation cancelled on ‘only’ two occasions on clinical safety grounds.

Canceled twice, canceled four times, what does it matter? It never should have been canceled at all, but it get’s worse.

Mr Eeles, from Welham Green, Hertfordshire, applied for employment and support allowance but a doctor ruled he is ineligible for both because he can turn on a tap.

With which arm?

But seriously, what does it matter? Why was he denied care AND unemployment assistance?

Mr Eeles fractured his arm on December 3 and was rushed straight to casualty where doctors put his arm in plaster.

But within a few weeks a specialist said the bones were too far apart and that surgeons would have to insert a metal plate because there was too much movement in the arm.

Mr Eeles claims his first two operations at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, were cancelled due to a lack of beds and operating time respectively.

His third operation in February was postponed after he was found to have high blood pressure, while the fourth, scheduled for May, was abandoned because of concerns about his smoking.

If it were me, smoking would be the least of my concerns. But it is entirely possible I could develop a drinking problem.

‘As his surgery was not an emergency, our surgeons took the right action in referring Mr Eeles to his GP so his blood pressure could be brought under control.

‘His second operation in May 2009 was also cancelled, this time because he had failed to act on our surgeon’s advice that Mr Eeles that he should give up smoking.

There you go. Of course it was not an emergency. After all, the guy can still turn on a tap.

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