Government healthcare horror stories
Want a preview of what Obamacare has in store for Americans? Check out the latest news on Britain's National Health Service.Why should [people have to put up with this kind of incompetence the private sectors where it would lead to law suits. It really is hard to imagine the private sector being this wanton.
In the words of the Daily Mail newspaper, the NHS is a "shambles." Here's how the Daily Mail described the findings of three recent official investigations:
"One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors.
"The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week.
"And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor.
"The reports come only a day after the NHS watchdog detailed a catalogue of failings at GP surgeries, including consulting rooms infested with maggots and patients being given dangerous, out-of-date drugs."
The popularity of Britain's NHS has long put it beyond public criticism but that silence is disappearing as government-run health care's failures can no longer be ignored.
"In the past there has been a systematic cover-up and a desire for issues not to blow up on your watch," Tory MP Steve Barclay told the Daily Mail.
"Politicians have been scared to raise issues and nobody dared criticize the NHS. But the public are well ahead of politicians and they’ve suspected problems for some time," Barclay said.