Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It's not rocket science. Is it?

Dr Crippen has a short, sharp comment on one of the One-Eyed Gobblin' King's suggestions.
Janet is in her late twenties, has been unable to get pregnant, probably has polycystic ovaries (the blood tests are suggestive) and is waiting for an ultrasound. The current waiting list for non-urgent ultrasounds is fourteen weeks.

John has chronic sciatica and is off work. He is in the queue for the waiting list (remember that scam invented by Commissar Ken Bremner?—full details here) for an MRI scan and so far has been waiting for ten weeks.

Gordon Brown is promising that many of the adult population are going to be screened (including scans) for a variety of illnesses.

Could some one please explain to me, in simple terms that even I can understand, precisely what the point is of spending large sums of money identifying hitherto undiagnosed illness in asymptomatic people when currently we cannot cope with those patients we already know to be ill?

Come now, Crippen; surely you know the answer to that? No? It's very simple.

All of those greedy doctors, especially those naughty GPs and avaricious consultants, are just going to have to admit that they earn far too much money and jolly well give some of it back.

Yes, yes, we know that you have a contract but—as we have seen over the years, not least in the case of National Insurance—governments are no great respecters of contracts.

Besides, Doctor, it's for the good of the Decent, Hard-Working Families Of Great BritainTM and how can you possibly even consider putting your personal greed before their interests, eh?

2 comments:

A N Other said...

Daniel Finckelstein over at the Times has an apt name for such thinking, he calls it 'Sootynomics'.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/daniel_finkelstein/article3192836.ece

How risible, but how utterly sad.

Roger Thornhill said...

I think it is to do with the fact that all this screening will require screening centres run by private companies mosty run by DrC's favourite - Nurse Practitioners. They will throw up many neat follow-ons and compartmentalised procedures, also the sort that many private facilities love.

Somewhere, I do suspect some are on a promise from these companies.

Yes, have private entities involved in healthcare. Please. But what I do NOT accept is this private monopoly under government concession, where we as patients have no real choice who to use.