The BBC website is reporting that David Cameron was interrupted during his speech today by a man extolling the virtues of the French health service. Coincidentally, I was talking to a Montgomeryshire friend who has just had direct personal experience of it. He and his wife own a house in France, and were heading south on a French train when he began suffering chest pains. It was about 9.00 in the morning. Luckily, there was a doctor on the train, who thought it might be a heart attack. This is what my friend told me happened next.
When the train pulled into the next station, there was an ambulance waiting, which whisked him off to hospital. As soon as he arrived he underwent an investigative angiogram, which confirmed that he was suffering a heart attack. The surgeon told him he would need a heart stent fitted to unblock one of his arteries. Now, we know a bit about these stents in Wales, because a few of our politicians have had them implanted (if that's the right word) over the last year or so. Anyway, the surgeon just implanted it there and then. My friend came round in the recovery room at about mid-day, approximately three hours after his first chest pains. Today, he seemed fully recovered to me. I just wondered whether such a thing was possible within the British NHS.