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Irony–Former National Hospital Director in UK dies from lack of timely care

It’s a rather old story in more ways than one – it apparently happened at the end of March.  But it is an old story in another way as well – government’s inability to deliver on its promises.  It is also a story still playing out here as we look toward our future:

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.

Obviously her access to government run health care via single payer insurance did her no good (remember, supposedly insuring everyone is “the answer”).  She ended up being lost in the shuffle, critical care was continuously put off and, as a result, she died.

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.

My guess, and that’s all it is, is she was continuously passed over because of her age.  I obviously don’t know that for sure, but it is one of many stories coming out of the UK that involve “senior citizens”.  Her condition was serious enough that she had been in hospital for months, but apparently not serious enough – or important enough – to receive the priority many would think it would obviously receive (if you’re in a hospital for months, you’ve got a pretty serious problem).

This is where we’re headed if we don’t get some leaders in office to stop this.  And, as indicated by the post below this and the Romney speech last Thursday, neither of those two have the political will to do that.  In fact, both agree, generally, with the direction the Democrats and the Obama administration have taken us.

We’re on our way to becoming a nation of Margaret Hutchons if we don’t push back hard and demand repeal of the odious ObamaCare legislation.  And Romney and Gingrich are not the candidates to do that.


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16 Responses to Irony–Former National Hospital Director in UK dies from lack of timely care

  • Death Panels can just neglect you to death…they don’t need to do anything assertive.  And that is the easiest thing in the world for a bureaucrat to do.

    • And, they won’t actually be called “death panels”. This is why the left was able to make fun of Palin on this. Everyone knew they wouldn’t actually be called “death panels”.

    • So… there is a R2P when talking about some tinpot dictator shooting his mouth off, then you have every right to start a war in any manner you see fit. But when it comes to a broken system and clear systemic failure causing actual death… well then there is no good reason to “send in the SEALs” to clear out the rot.

  • I think it’s a great story.  I mean, I feel bad for the family that a loved one died, but it really does make me happy to see the pols and the connected getting a taste of what they make the rank and file go through.

    • Except they don’t realize it.  From the quotes, the husband blames the hospital, not the system.

  • It is, of course, inexcusable but completely predictable because of third party (govt.) intervention.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for certain other third parties in my health loop, family, second opinions and especially attorneys who are responsible for drawing up last wills and testaments as well as living wills.
    Heh, I just read on Drudge that the US govmnt is going to tap pensions. Sweet.
    This going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.

  • Michael, I think you are confused as to “third parties”.  Your second-opinion doctor, lawyer, etc. are NOT third parties, but your agents or advisers.
    A true third party is someone who is a player in the decision-making process or transaction, not someone who advises you.  A health insurance company IS, as is a family member with the power to act.
    Under ObamaCare, the government essentially becomes THE third party, with the power to over-ride YOUR desires and the freedom to act of your physician.

    • Hm. I see your point about agency. But, I got ‘n ‘xcuse … It was a 50’s moment and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  • The good news in this story is that that NHS doesn’t do favoritism.  They hate everybody.

    • Two points of disagreement…
      1. I doubt they hate individual people (maybe that isn’t what you meant).  They hate letting people be free to make decisions, and having the means.
      2. If the lady was not a ‘former’ mayor, director…whatever…she would have had preferential treatment, I would lay money.

  • Irony? I think you mean “poetic justice”…

  • On the bright side, the supply of Soylent Green is ever-increasing.

  • You’re so wrong about this, Paul Krugman says so.
    “in Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice. These stories are false.”