Quiffy wrote:my lad's a bit complicated and has had a load of operations, some big, some minor, so we've spent a lot of time in LGI and st james's over the years and almost without fail we've found the 'service' we've had, a term that doesn't do it justice, from those at the delivery end to have been excellent. the staff are the finest resource that this behemoth has and need to be appreciated more
Dale White wrote:I have nothing but praise for the nhs, unfortunately i have had to use it more and more over the last ten years and their care has kept me alive. There was a brand new hospital built in 2002 not 5 mins walk from our house in the last 2 years it's services have been either shut down or moved to fucking bury and oldham. It had a fantastic a & e department that has also been shut down, i fear the worst for the nhs with the cunts that are in goverment today.Hopefully it will see the lib dums destroyed for their part in it.
the flying pig wrote:Yeah, i'm not such a massive fan, all told. Am reasonably close to some of the upper(ish) echelons of various parts of the NHS, there is an awful lot to find fault with in terms of, well, waste, basically. Pouring untold billions into state-run enterprises does tend to have that effect... Whatever you think of market mechanisms they are good at lots of efficiency type things, anything run by the state has the potential to be a big of a nightmare basically . My experiences as a patient & relative of patients have been fairly mixed.
the flying pig wrote:This all said I'm under no illusions as to the shortcomings of many of the alternatives, and am slightly baffled at the way these reasonably meaty changes have snuck in without, seemingly, anyone voting for them. It's weird - if you look at thatcher's 1979 manifesto privatisation wasn't something she planned to major on at all, rather it was something she kind of stumbled upon as a 'concept' whilst basically selling stuff to raise cash. But this new form of privatisation won't even bring in an up-front windfall... Just lots of contracts for various companies... Is the the main job of government now, to find opportunities for such firms?
Mustafaster wrote:Not sure if the private sector is a whole lot better though. I work with a few biggish companies and honestly I don't see them being massively more efficient tbh. There are plenty of clock watchers, place holders and bullshit peddlers wandering the corridors at the top of Banco Santander for example. They spend untold amounts on consultants, lawyers and snake oil salesmen, all on unbelievable daily rates, and the amount they spend on "hospitality" is eye watering.
A very similar think has happened in ponte. A very good hospital with 400+ beds, a very good A&E dept, a maternity unit with scuba, a specialised geriatric facility all within 10 mins for the entire town has been flattened and replaced with what is basically an office block. And someone's made an absolute fortune from it.
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