Dispatches From the Front Lines of Socialized Medicine

Ain’t that a kick in the balls:

More than £1million in damages have been paid out by the NHS to men who have had the wrong testicle removed by surgeons.

In the last four years there have been 56 successful claims made by men who have been affected by medical blunders, according to the National Health Service Litigation Authority.

In most cases the men didn’t need surgery at all and in others surgeons also had to remove the second testicle.

At no extra charge!

At least we finally learn the value of a man’s gonad:

The NHS normally pays out around £20,000 if the wrong testicle has been removed.

What does it cost to remove the correct one?

I wonder if the members (get it?) of Congress would care to put ObamaCare up for a revote after reading this story.

PS:

‘But the NHS needs to do more to really tackle these events. The NHS Commissioning Board is now setting up a taskforce to eradicate these never events from NHS surgery.’

What would the call the taskforce? The Ball Board? The Castration Commission? Negating Unnecessary Testicle Surgery (NUTS)?

5 Comments »

  1. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 20, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    We are in such deep trouble.

    - Aggie

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 20, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    What are you worried about?! I’m the one looking over my shoulder every minute. You never know when they’re going to sneak up from behind you.

  3. Buck O'Fama said,

    February 20, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Gee, mistakes still happen even when the wise, benevolent, we-don’t-have-a-profit-motive-so-we’re-superior gubbermint runs things. Who coulda forseen that?

  4. Buck O'Fama said,

    February 20, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    I remember a sketch from SCTV years ago – it was a parody TV show about a defense lawyer. A woman was suing a doctor for doing the wrong operation – he was supposed to fix a hangnail but instead performed a sex change. (She was a he before going in for hangnail surgery.) The lawyer was defending the doctor and cross-examined him/her on the stand: “Miss X, I submit to you that your doctor has more medical knowledge than you and knows more about what’s best for you than YOU do?” “Isn’t it a FACT, Miss X, that you really wanted a sex change all along? Tell the truth! You ENJOY being a girl!”

    They were prescient on SCTV.

  5. dale said,

    February 20, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    We are Flucked.

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