Sunday, April 27, 2008

Britain is top!

Yes, that's right, folks; as Chicken Yoghurt has pointed out, Britain is top at topping sick people!
Are you watching China? Get back in your box, Vladimir Putin. Cool your jets, India. Britain is back on top:
Ten times as many elderly patients are killed by the hospital superbug Clostridium difficile in the UK than in any other country, a medical expert has claimed.

Can’t produce a politician, a football team or a manufacturing industry worth a damn but we can kill our old people LIKE NOBODY ELSE ON THE PLANET!

Thank goodness that only we were far-sighted enough to form the NHS, eh? Now that's what I call a number one health service: I always knew that it would pay off!

Thank goodness that we went down the state monopoly route rather than one of those namby-pamby Continental-style multi-payer, multi-provider health systems, eh?

We are the champions; we are the champions, my friend...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Less old people = Less CO2

The greens are cheering can you hear?

xoggoth said...

Unbelievable. That sort of thing takes talent! Perhaps I am missing something but how hard is it is to clean properly?

PS I am researching a virus that just kills lefty types. A donation of £50 would greatly help this work.

xoggoth said...

PS Anonymous, in my experience of old people, it is much more relevent to global warming that

fewer old people =a lot less methane

Anonymous said...

can anyone sue the NHS for any of these deaths - or is this precluded by law in the UK?

just wondering - as surely some lawyer type would be onto this...

the a&e charge nurse said...

Yes and no Devil - NHS hospitals can be very dangerous places, especially since the trend to reduce beds (400,000 in 1948, compared to less than 150,000 now).

Bed occupancy regularly tops 90% (and is even hitting 99% in Lincolnshire, I learnt today).
85% is generally agreed as a safe(ish) threshold - the Dutch, for example seem to manage at 60%.
Nu Lab do like their targets and productivity, of course.

But the USA is not much better (when it comes to HAIs), they have reported over 2 million annual infections and an estimated 90,000 deaths (compared to an estimated 5,000 deaths in the NHS - this figure may an under estimate).

C-diff is certainly on the rise here while cases of MRSA may finally be falling.

One microbiologist I was chatting to expressed concern that our focus (historically) had been on HIV when rather more should have been done to anticipate the threat from hospital acquired infections.

Worrying times.

berenike said...

But there are so many new and exciting areas to move into - old people, for example, have already spent, oh, say, 75 years polluting the environment. The Belgians take them out much earlier - or help the depressed teenagers do it themselves (see, state support of private enterprise!)

Euthanasia is currently permitted on infants and more than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are 12 months old have been killed by deliberate medical intervention.

In 16 per cent of cases parental consent was not considered.



Telegraph

Anonymous said...

At least it'll help solve the pensions crisis.

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