Dispatches From the Front Lines of Socialized Medicine

Wait lists too long?

Cancel appointments—instant improvement!

Alex Salmond defended the NHS waiting list system under attack from the leaders of Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats, during first minister’s questions on 21 February 2013.

Scotland’s public sector watchdog published a report which said it was unable to say whether NHS waiting list manipulation had taken place, due to “poor” information.

In a small number of cases, it said patients were inappropriately marked as unavailable for treatment, but could not say whether these were deliberate.

He had been asked by Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont why Scottish patients had been misled over waiting lists.

Ms Lamont said the Audit Scotland report showed almost one in four people had to wait more than nine weeks for an inpatient appointment, compared to the 3% the Scottish Government had said.

“He was telling us how good the system was at the same time as thousands were being sent to the waiting times equivalent of Siberia,” said Mr Rennie.

Siberia—good one!

But I think Prince Philip has a solution to the problem.

More Filipinos!

Prince Philip, who is famed for his off-the-cuff remarks, made the hospital worker from the Philippines laugh with his comment during a visit to open a cardiac centre.

The Duke was reported as saying to an unidentified nurse: “The Philippines must be half-empty – you’re all here running the NHS.”

The Duke is well-known for his outspoken comments and famously told British students during a 1986 state visit to China: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”

He also once told a group of deaf youngsters: “Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf,” referring to a school’s steel band.

He also told Susan Edwards, who is blind, uses a wheelchair and has a guide dog: “Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?”

Prince Philip is their Joe Biden. No matter how imbecilic or offensive their statements, it’s hard to hate them. They just don’t know any better.

But you’ll note the royals don’t live into their 90s by virtue of waiting lists, hospital infections, and other hallmarks of the NHS:

Prince Philip had a stent fitted to clear a blockage in a coronary artery in December 2011 and when, during the visit, he was given a gold plated stent, he quipped that he now had a spare.

And somebody in need is waiting nine weeks just to get an appointment.

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