As ObamaCare goes through its death throes, my reaction is that the nation has dodged a bullet. The whole purpose of this exercise was to bring closer the day when the country would have a single payer system. I believe that if such a system had been achieved the results could well have been nightmarish. The National Health Service in Great Britain I believe would have been a model of what the US health system would have become if completely controlled by the government.
A recent survey of 900 nurses in Great Britain revealed:
“A woman ‘barely coping’ after a miscarriage being sent to a ward with male patients.
Children left at ‘high security risk’ and a threat of infection when adults were put on their ward.
One overflow ward being so crammed a nurse could not reach the emergency buzzer when someone had a heart attack. She had to run into the corridor to yell for help.
One patient being left in a mop cupboard where there was only room for a chair, not a bed. At another hospital, a kitchen was set aside for two beds.
A hospital discharging elderly patients before they were ready.
Another using a ward which had been ‘condemned’ for patient use.
Up to three patients being crammed into a tiny office cluttered with staff belongings.
Eighteen patients being stuck on trolleys in the corridor of a medical assessment unit. “
“Maintaining single-sex areas was often impossible because of the sheer numbers of extra patients.
Nurses have to take blood samples in corridors and beds are sometimes placed in isolated corners, meaning nurses cannot see if a patient needs help.
Elderly patients are ‘parked’ in day rooms while waiting to be transferred to another hospital, and left ‘soiled and neglected’, and ‘needing fluids’.
Sometimes spare beds run out – and people have to sleep on chairs or mattresses on the floor.
Nearly half the nurses said patients in non-clinical areas did not have proper access to water, oxygen, suction and a call bell.
Four in ten said they did not have the screening to protect their dignity and privacy.
‘If a patient suddenly had a cardiac arrest, we would not be able to get the crash trolley to them,’ said one nurse at a hospital which squeezed extra beds into wards.
Others said cramming patients into wards put them at risk of cross-infection.
One added: ‘Urine bottles are not emptied, meals are missed as staff are not aware of the patient.’
Many nurses had complained to managers but the practice had stopped in only a handful of cases.
Last night, nursing leaders said poor standards meant ‘compassion fatigue’ set in, meaning nurses did not treat patients with the dignity and respect they deserved.”
Update: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a horror story from North of the border this morning.