Single-payer in crisis: Britain’s NHS cancels 50K surgeries amid long waits, ‘third world’ conditions

Single-payer in crisis: Britain’s NHS cancels 50K surgeries amid long waits, ‘third world’ conditions

Last time we checked in on Britain’s National Health Services — often hailed as the model of a functioning socialized healthcare regime — government bureaucrats were proposing a suspension of certain surgeries for smokers and obese patients. Why? To alleviate funding crises via an extreme government rationing scheme, under which “NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking.” This proposal was to build off of similar regional cuts that had been already been implemented: “A number of areas have introduced delays for such patients – with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking,” the Telegraph reported.  That was in October. How are things going across the pond today? New draconian measures. …

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Every hospital in the country has been ordered to cancel all non-urgent surgery until at least February in an unprecedented step by NHS officials. The instructions on Tuesday night – which will see result in around 50,000 operations being axed – followed claims by senior doctors that patients were being treated in “third world” conditions. …

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