Dishing out the medicine — 6 Comments

  1. The same kind of thing happened when my wife was in hospital in Southampton for a spine operation.  She has high blood pressure stabilised by a daily drug dose.  We were told to bring in all her drugs and handed them over.  After the operation, on the ward, she asked a nurse for her daily b.p. medication and was told "We only give you that if you need it", with the unspoken implication: "You don't need it".

    There may have been a sensible medical reason for withholding the drugs, but if so it was not mentioned.  On departure the drugs brought in could not be returned as they had mysteriously vanished.

    • I am no medic but even I would have thought that the idea of replacing a Morphine based painkiller with a couple of paracetamol is beyond insane.  It would be like treating a raving alcoholic with a bottle of Lucozade and expecting them to be happy.

      Herself is home now, back on her regular prescriptions and the difference is remarkable!

  2. Can't speak for Eire, but the British NHS is the best evidence proving Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy:-


    Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy

    In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.

    • That applies absolutely here and in particular to the health service.  There are multiple layers of bureaucrats, not to mention various 'sub-agencies' all sucking in vast salaries and doing nothing but producing reports and statistics.

  3. Blimey, I didn't realise the Irish health service was modelled on the British (envy of the world) National Health Service. I had the Irish down as slightly more intelligent than that.

  4. This 'Year Zero' approach seems to be standard practice now. Noone has ever explained to me the rationale behind it – you just get an aggressive 'Know your place, pleb' response. I fucking hate the bastards with a passion.

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