That Wonderful British National Health Service

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 18, 2009

Yes, I know that the various health care reform packages currently being considered are not modeled on the NHS. But seeing as how people like Paul Krugman have recently been on a tear about how wonderful the NHS is in response to the Investor’s Business Daily’s stupid statement that if Stephen Hawking lived in Britain, the NHS would have killed him by now, and given that David Cameron slapped down a fellow Tory for having the temerity to question the quality of care offered by the NHS, it is perhaps high time to point out that the NHS is not all that and a bag of chips:

A young mother gave birth on a pavement outside a hospital after she was told to make her own way there.

Mother-of-three Carmen Blake called her midwife to ask for an ambulance when she went into labour unexpectedly with her fourth child.

But the 27-year-old claims she was refused an ambulance and told to walk the 100m from her house in Leicester to the city’s nearby Royal Infirmary.

[. . .]

Today a spokeswoman for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: ‘We are disappointed that Ms Blake was not happy with the advice and care she received and will of course investigate any complaint.

‘We are pleased that both Ms Blake and her daughter are well and healthy.’

How reassuring. They are going to investigate why it is that a pregnant lady who relied on the NHS for service was forced to give birth on the pavement. Yeah, the NHS works great.


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