One of the rules in my family growing up was “never go to a European hospital if it could be avoided.” Not that it mattered much because after the earliest part of my life we never went back to Europe.
No doubt things are better now but my parents had some interesting experiences (to say the least) with the British and Italian health care systems.
(From The Telegraph)
One hospice manager told the King’s Fund: “The district nurses working at night are not able to give effective response times. “You can wait up to eight hours… for patients experiencing pain and discomfort in the last two to three days of their life, it has a massive impact.”
The report also examined common procedures such as hip surgery.
It found the number of patients waiting more than 18 months for orthopaedic operations like hip and knee surgery has risen by 45 per cent in just one year, a new report warns.
The study says patients are being forced to wait longer for some of the most common procedures amid “unsustainable” rising pressures on services.