I watched a programme last night on television.
It was about the N.H.S. in the U.K.
They have come up with a rather neat way of saving money.
They will only operate on you if they approve of your lifestyle.
The programme gave quite a few examples.
There was the woman who had an arthritic hip joint which had totally collapsed. As a result of this, she couldn’t walk. As a result of her immobility, she put on a few pounds. So they wouldn’t operate on her as she was ‘obese’ [she weighed a little more than me]. They told her to lose a few pounds by exercising! She had to go abroad in the end.
There was another man who needed an operation on his leg. They wouldn’t operate on him because he smoked. His smoking had nothing to do with his operation. They just didn’t like the fact that he smoked.
There was another case of a man who needed a triple bypass. He also smoked so they refused. You might say that there was cause here, but the surgeon made it quite plain that he would do the operation, no problem, if the man went private. That man died shortly after.
So why do they operate on footballers and rugby players? Surely these people are going to go out and injure themselves again? They have unhealthy lifestyles. Why do they fix skiers’ broken legs?
This could be extended indefinitely.
They will probably in the future refuse to operate on people with driving licences. They’re only going to go out and have another smash. Or people who drink? Or children? Or people who will insist on going outdoors? Or anyone who has any DIY equipment in their houses?
How about people who eat? They are surely going to rush out after an operation and become obese?
This could really catch on.
Mary Harney – take note.