No wonder the NHS is short of money.
Last night Mrs Angry was talking to a member of her family who works in the NHS at a large hospital in one of our cities.
Said relative has unexpectedly resigned her (highly responsible) post with effect from the end of this month.
Why? I hear you ask.
Because instead of helping to heal seriously sick patients she has become inundated with patients from “Abroad” who have come here on “holiday” and suddenly been taken ill with a medical problem they have clearly been suffering from for many years.
For some reason, quite unclear to all of us, the NHS has accepted these patients for treatment without requiring them to pay for their treatment, thus radically reducing the already depleted resources available to the residents of that city.
Then it gets worse. After a few appointments said foreign patient now announces that his/her family are arriving from whichever country it is, and “you must organise housing for me and my family”.
Presumably, because NHS staff possess good humanitarian values, they then get themselves bogged down liaising with the Local Authority to arrange suitable housing for the foreign patient and his/her family.
I might be a crusty old gig, but this seems wrong to me on so many levels.
When I was unfortunate enough to need to take my daughter to. French hospital A&E whilst on holiday we had to pay.
When I lived in France we had to pay for our Healthcare and, normally, claim it back from our Health Insurance company. Neither as a holidaymaker, nor as a resident, could I pitch up at a French hospital, get free treatment and housing arranged for my family. Neither, incidentally, was I ever offered any leaflets or information in any language other than French. If I couldn’t understand it, it was my responsibility to get it translated into English at my own expense, nothing was ever printed in 39 different languages, but we seem to spend a fortune on it.
It seems to an old duffer like me that the NHS (and others) like the Police Service needs to concentrate on those things that are their responsibility and NOT what is somebody else’s job. It sounds a tad harsh maybe, we’re used to the Police and others being almost like a One Stop Shop, but the government has made clear that that culture has to end, it is not sustainable.
Rant over, enjoy your weekend