If it’s been three years you probably didn’t need it anyway

If it’s been three years you probably didn’t need it anyway

Waiting for my flight back from London and having a look through the Guardian. The Brits are known for not complaining about long queues, so the following may not be a surprise:

Some NHS patients in England are still waiting up to two years for an
operation, the government admitted yesterday… [H]ospitals are hitting [the] target for… patients to get a first outpatient appointment within 13 weeks of
being referred by a GP.

But many then have to wait months for diagnostic tests and further
outpatient appointments before they are allowed to join the inpatient queue.
After that, they can wait a further six months for an operation.

Anyone who survives that process may not need the operation anyway.

July 13, 2006

One thought on “If it’s been three years you probably didn’t need it anyway”

  1. Hi

    That’s a US mis perception of the NHS patient assignment system.

    First, as the system is free, people turn up at thier doctors for all sorts of trivial stuff a US doctor is never going to see.

    The trivial stuff will go to the back burner indefinately.

    I turned up at my doctors a few years ago with chest pains and numbness in the fingers (from a trapped cervical nerve) and was in hospital for cardiac test that afternoon.

    Waiting does not imply bad care its about assigning medical priorities

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