Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The NHS - 2007
Mr X is 82 years old, almost 83. He lives in Mid Wales and he suffered a heart attack this summer, which necessitated a triple by-pass. His first appointment at a specialist heart treatment hospital at Stoke in the West Midlands was cancelled approx. three weeks ago. However last week his family was contacted at midday to say that the operation would take place the following day - and could they bring Mr X in by 9.00 the next morning. The family set off at 6.30 and arrived in good time. Unfortunately there was no bed available, but Mr X was told that one may well become available if he waited. At 12.30, the family was informed that there was a bed after all, and that the operation would take place at 14.00 hrs and last for 3 hours. Mr X went for his pre-med, and his family returned home to Mid Wales. At 17.00 hours, they received a telephone call informing them that the previous operation had overrun, and as a result Mr X would not be having his operation after all - and could he be collected. The family set off from Mid Wales and returned home with Mr X at around 22.30 hours. During what must have seemed to have been the longest and most stressful day of his long life, he had been given some toast, jelly, tea and an apple. Do you feel the same sense of outrage as I do?