Friday, November 02, 2007
They want to make it look like Britain's.
So, let's look at Britain.
And then let's cry.
Pensioner spends life savings on vital op after NHS cancels four times
A 75-year-old man was forced to spend his life savings on a vital hip operation after the NHS cancelled his appointments four times.
Edward Crane claims he has nothing left after clearing out his bank account for the £9000 private surgery after waiting more than six months for a consultation at his local hospital.
The pensioner, from Rainham, Essex, said he felt he had "no choice" but to shell out the cash after suffering months of agony.
Mr Crane was told he needed a hip replacement in February this year and was referred to Queen's Hospital in Romford.
But after three consecutive consultations were cancelled, the desperate pensioner looked into paying for the operation himself and discovered it would cost him £8,750.
After the fourth cancellation, he used two insurance policies and pooled his life savings to pay for the operation he needed to end the pain. He had the surgery four days later.
His daughter Polly Taylor, 47, said she was outraged at the way her father had been treated by the NHS.
She said: "It has been heartbreaking. He was in so much pain. He had an x-ray at A&E which showed he had no hip joint at all. If he hadn't had it done privately he would have died of the pain.
"He has nothing left now. It's not fair how the NHS treats old people."
Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said the average wait for a hip replacement is six months.
A spokesman said: "Mr Crame has not complained to the trust and we are unable to comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.
"It is extremely unlikely anyone would be able to claim back money from the NHS if they had chosen to be treated privately."
In short, the message from the powers that be? Take our shitty care or go fuck yourself.
HillaryCare in action. Wait for it - and then drop dead!