UK Health Services’ Failures ‘cost 60,000 lives every year’

Because of our deaf politicians, and their denial, our un-rationed health services, and emphasis on right rather than duties, the Lowest Common Denominator applies. More so in Wales where rationing is more explicit with little choice, longer waiting, and more paternalism with free prescriptions. The health divide will increase and lead to richer people buying Health Insurance or going privately.methode_times_prod_web_bin_93d22cfa-1ecb-11e6-bf22-78061c6f2b5c

James Dean in The Times 6th June 2016 reports: Failures ‘cost 60,000 lives every year’

Health service failings cause more than 60,000 British people to die prematurely every year, research has suggested.

More than a third of Britons who died under the age of 75 in 2013 could have been saved with proper care, Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, said.

At 34.2 per cent, the proportion of premature deaths for under-75s was higher in Britain than in all EU countries in western Europe other than Ireland, Greece and Malta. In France, 23.8 per cent of deaths in the age group were premature.

Of the 28 EU nations Britain was ranked 16th, below Slovenia, Cyprus and the EU average. Romania was the worst-performing EU nation, with nearly 50 per cent of deaths in under-75s recorded as premature.

Heart disease accounted for twice as many premature deaths in Europe among under-75s as strokes, the next biggest cause.

Karol Sikora, dean of medicine at Buckingham University, said that the NHS lacked the capacity to diagnose cancer and other serious diseases quickly. “Access to your GP, prompt access to hospitals for tests like CT scans — these are things we just don’t do well enough compared with other western European countries,” he told The Mail on Sunday. “If you have a symptom of something that might be cancer, on the Continent it gets investigated in a week. Here it can take months. Such delays can mean the difference between life and death.”

Some 1.7 million EU citizens under 75 died in 2013. Eurostat said that 577,500, or 33.7 per cent, of the deaths could be considered premature because they could have been avoided in light of medical knowledge and technology.Deaf Politician

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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