And if patients could afford to "go private" ... would the outcomes be better, or worse?
I am amazed how quickly post-operative patients are back on the bus these days. But, on the other hand, perhaps it's a fair risk, when balanced against the possibility of picking up "something else" during the 48-hours you are in there, sweating away.
Instead of focusing on the results which actually matter for patients, they focused on narrow processes to the detriment of patient care.
Yes ... no doubt we've all seen examples of that. But as Mr. Lansley has now been in charge for a while, one wonders when he is going to do something positive about it!
Oh! He is. It seems that more "goals" are being set up (perhaps I should have said "yet more"). You couldn't make it up, could you? If it wasn't so serious, you would think they are having a laugh!
Anyway Sean, if you're planning to keep this thread running, maybe you need to check-out some of the figures
first. And, whilst you're at it, take a look at what happens in other parts of the world. Here
, for example. Or, take your pick
. But any way you look at it £ 120-odd billion a year is a lot of dough (hey, I could retire on that ... then everyone
would be happy)!