You probably don’t want to, but you might remember the dancing hospital beds that filled your television screen during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
I am hardly an aficionado of dance, but it struck me as a major embarrassment. In 2008 the Chinese government put on a show to announce its arrival on the world stage. In 2012 the British government was telling the world that the sun was setting on its famed Empire.
If you count socialized medicine among your greatest modern accomplishments and trumpet your pride by putting on an aesthetically pathetic show of dancing beds… you days are numbered.
It’s a long way from the Industrial Revolution and liberal democracy.
While we are here, allow me to recall, yet again, the immortal words of a man who, by his own account, has never been wrong. I am speaking of Paul Krugman.
At a time when America was feverishly debating Obamacare, Krugman stepped forth to announce that he had done all the relevant research, consulted all of the studies and concluded that stories about the deficiencies of the British health care system were lies.
In his immortal words:
In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.
Don’t ask how he knew. He’s Paul Krugman, so you must take him at his word. Isn’t he an expert in the functioning of the British National Health Service?
One doubts that Krugman really cares about how anything works in practice. Do you recall an instance where he was willing to admit that he was wrong about anything? If his plans do not work, he blames Republicans.
Meantime, the Daily Mail recently reported that, at hospitals run by the National Health Service, patients are starving to death or suffering dehydration because the nurses have neither the time or the inclination to feed them.
How many people are starving in the NHS? Around one a day over the past four years. Many are severely dehydrated, because providing good medical care does not seem to involve providing patients with food and water.
Whatever happened to: First, do no harm!
The Daily Mail reports (via Instapundit):
As many as 1,165 people starved to death in NHS hospitals over the past four years fuelling claims nurses are too busy to feed their patients.
The Department of Health branded the figures 'unacceptable' and said the number of unannounced inspections by the care watchdog will increase.
According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics following a Freedom of Information request, for every patient who dies from malnutrition, four more have dehydration mentioned on their death certificate.
Critics say nurses are too busy to feed patients and often food and drink are placed out of reach of vulnerable people.
In 2011, 43 patients starved to death and 291 died in a state of severe malnutrition, while the number of patients discharged from hospital suffering from malnutrition doubled to 5,558.
Dianne Jeffrey, chairwoman of Malnutrition Task Force, condemned the statistics.
She told The Sunday Express: 'Too many are paying the price with their lives while being deprived of the basic right to good nutrition, hydration and support.'
As the old saying goes, who’s lying now?