Monday, February 18, 2008
More evidence from the UK that nationalized and socialized medicine, as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want to bring to us by force at the end of a gun, is a failure and should never have been born.
Ambulances in Britain are now waiting outside with patients, as their lives ebb away, so that the ambulances do not have to go back out to get new patients.
You heard that right. They are trying to get people to die away from hospitals and NHS clinics so that there will be no reporting on the time lag getting to them.
Only in socialism can such a thing exist.
A&E patients left in ambulances for up to FIVE hours 'so trusts can meet government targets'
Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do not miss Government targets.
Thousands of people a year are having to wait outside accident and emergency departments because trusts will not let them in until they can treat them within four hours, in line with a Labour pledge.
The hold-ups mean ambulances are not available to answer fresh 999 calls.
Doctors warned last night that the practice of "patient-stacking" was putting patients' health at risk.
Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that last year 43,576 patients waited longer than one hour before being let into emergency units.
Only seven out of 11 ambulance trusts responded to the survey, so the true figure could be far higher.
Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb is writing to health secretary Alan Johnson to demand an urgent investigation into the practice.
"This is evidence of shocking systematic failure in our emergency services," he said.
Labour brought in the four-hour A&E target to end the scandal of patients waiting for days in casualty or being kept on trolleys in corridors.
But a shortage of out-of-hours GP care, after thousands of doctors opted out of treating patients outside working hours under lucrative new contracts, means more and more are going to casualty units, putting them under greater pressure.
Dr Jonathan Fielden of the British Medical Association said: "The vast majority of patients coming into hospital by ambulance are in critical need of care in hospital and therefore delay can worsen their outcome."
Sam Oestreicher of Unison, which represents most ambulance workers, said: "Ambulances should not be used as mobile waiting rooms. They should be freed to do their job.
"These figures show there's a terrible-and colossal waste of ambulance resources."
Read that last sentence again: "These figures show there's a terrible-and colossal waste of ambulance resources."
Anyone who understands economics, and who has studied the system of socialism, will realize that same thing happens across a planned economy. Just look at what is happening right now in Venezuela: shortages, no food, no fuel.
Socialism: the Downercrats wants to bring their failed system to you starting next January. Will the American people be stupid enough to allow it to happen? Or will they resist at all costs?