What’s so great about private healthcare when the NHS is having to put right thousands of its botched ops?


A report showing that the National Health Service is having to care for around 6,000 patients every year after private hospitals provided poor treatment raises several questions:

Firstly, the patients concerned have already paid for their treatment. If private doctors made a mess of it, they should pay for the rectification. Why is the taxpayer picking up the tab – especially when the NHS is already suffering serious money problems?

Secondly, Conservative-led governments have been forcing private healthcare providers into our NHS contracts, whether we want them or not, for the last four years. Why is the NHS being forced to accept contractors who aren’t up to the job?

Finally: The aim of imposing private contracts on the public health service is ultimately to privatise healthcare in the UK altogether. Who will fix bungled private operations when the NHS no longer exists?

These are serious questions, but you can be sure of one thing:

They won’t be answered by any Conservative!

Thousands of patients are having to be admitted to NHS hospitals after suffering botched treatment in private hospitals.

Private hospitals ‘are often not equipped to deal with complications from surgery’, a damning report warns.

As many as 6,000 patients a year need NHS care after bungled treatment at a non-NHS hospital.

Almost half of them – around 2,500 – are ‘emergency’ cases who have to be rushed to the nearest NHS hospital.

The problem is feared to cost taxpayers millions of pounds. Last night a senior doctor branded it a ‘national scandal’.

Labour demanded an urgent inquiry into the cost and scale of the problem.

Source: NHS spends millions picking up bill after patients suffer botched treatment in private hospitals – Mirror Online

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2 thoughts on “What’s so great about private healthcare when the NHS is having to put right thousands of its botched ops?

  1. wildswimmerpete

    The battery in my implanted cardioverter-defibrillator will die in about nine years’ time and the device will have to be replaced. The current price of my device is £17,500 so I’m seriously worried over my future. I can’t afford to pay for a replacement.

  2. Dez

    When folk have an accident in a car or at work if that injured party takes action, against the culpable third party, there is a claw back situation where the cost of any hospital treatment is recovered as part of the claim costs…..that’s why the hospital waiting rooms have cosy solicitor notices displayed to set the ball rolling. If the private patient, who has been let down by the private medical provider bungle, takes a legal action for negligence then hopefully the NHS costs will be part of the full recovery. It has always been the way that private hospitals are normally located close to NHS hospitals for consultant convenience and more important quick recovery in the event of a cock up…..clinical trials also like to be very close to NHS Hospitals doorsteps for the same reason.

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