Hospital ‘left husband to suffer' before death

Lynn Edginton says her late husband, Michael, did not receive the proper treatment at GWH. Pictured in background are Lynn and Michael together

Lynn Edginton says her late husband, Michael, did not receive the proper treatment at GWH. Pictured in background are Lynn and Michael together

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A BEREAVED wife has claimed her late husband was left malnourished, dehydrated and had to have his foot amputated – all after being admitted for appendicitis at the Great Western Hospital.

Lynn Edginton’s husband Michael, of Rodbourne, was hospitalised in May last year after being diagnosed with appendicitis.

During his stay, the 59-year-old mechanic, who suffered from both renal and heart failure and had very reduced mobility, began experiencing spells of confusion, which his wife claims were dismissed by staff.

As his health and mobility seriously deteriorated he fell out of bed, injuring his foot. Yet, Lynn alleges, his wound was not dressed for three days and became infected.

He was later discharged but was readmitted four days later. The bouts of confusion resumed and the infection spread, forcing surgeons to amputate the heel on his right foot.

Soon a bruise developed on his left leg but for four weeks doctors were unable to explain the cause of it, Lynn claims. Eventually, an x-ray revealed he had a broken tibia and fibula, causing him excruciating pain.

As his heel failed to heal, his right foot was later amputated. He passed away in hospital, due to his failing heart, on November 13.

“He lost three stone in weight at the hospital and was often completely dehydrated,” said the 54-year-old station manager for First Great Western. “For days he fell asleep, became confused and I was frantic, but they just didn’t notice and no-one did anything. No-one could explain how he broke his ankle.

“I want an apology for the way he was treated. He was admitted to hospital for appendicitis and died having suffered a broken leg, amputation, malnutrition and dehydration. It is the most traumatic experience I have ever been through in my life.

“My husband was a sick man and I do not blame them for his death as his heart was worsening. However, they caused him unnecessary suffering in the last six months of his life and caused his children and myself extreme trauma.”

Hilary Walker, chief nurse at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, admitted the quality of care received by the father-of-two had fallen short of the high standards set by staff.

She said: “We are sorry that the quality of care provided to Mrs Edginton’s husband did not meet the high standards we expect. Our staff pride themselves on delivering the highest quality of care and it’s clearly disappointing for everyone when we fall below these standards.

“Our nursing and medical team were in constant contact with Mrs Edginton throughout her husband’s care and we have a duty of candour to our patients and their relatives. This means when things go wrong, we investigate, explain what happened and what action will be taken to prevent the same thing happening again. We apologise that we did not keep Mrs Edginton as fully informed as we should have.

“We have spoken to Mrs Edginton and she has agreed to meet in person and discuss her husband’s care.

“We would encourage any patient or relative who has concerns to raise them with a member of staff at the time or contact our customer service team on 01793 604031.”

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7:39am Mon 24 Feb 14

The Other one says...

I wouldnt take a sick dog to that place,
I wouldnt take a sick dog to that place, The Other one
  • Score: 17

8:12am Mon 24 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

I guess we sometimes forget that the vast majority are looked after ok, but yes there are far too many instances of appalling lapses which should never happen. Very sorry for the family and for anyone who has been let down by this hospital.
I guess we sometimes forget that the vast majority are looked after ok, but yes there are far too many instances of appalling lapses which should never happen. Very sorry for the family and for anyone who has been let down by this hospital. house on the hill
  • Score: 11

8:42am Mon 24 Feb 14

Moth says...

My late husband was in that place for 2 months. His care was appalling. Junior doctors overriding consultants and point scoring was all they seemed to care about. Nurses without an ounce of compassion more interested in discussing their drunken nights out. My husband was eventually transferred to a specialist hospital where the staff and treatment was wonderful. Sadly, the damage done during his stay at GWH was irreversible despite this other hospital's best efforts. He died soon after coming home.

Maybe it's time those of us who have watched our loved ones suffer at that awful place got together and did something about it, i.e. class lawsuit.
My late husband was in that place for 2 months. His care was appalling. Junior doctors overriding consultants and point scoring was all they seemed to care about. Nurses without an ounce of compassion more interested in discussing their drunken nights out. My husband was eventually transferred to a specialist hospital where the staff and treatment was wonderful. Sadly, the damage done during his stay at GWH was irreversible despite this other hospital's best efforts. He died soon after coming home. Maybe it's time those of us who have watched our loved ones suffer at that awful place got together and did something about it, i.e. class lawsuit. Moth
  • Score: 15

8:42am Mon 24 Feb 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve!
Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve! Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 23

8:45am Mon 24 Feb 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Yet another spelling mistake by a Reporter....... I presume "mainourished" should be "malnourished"?? Tut tut Adver!!!!!

My sympathies to this poor man's family.
Yet another spelling mistake by a Reporter....... I presume "mainourished" should be "malnourished"?? Tut tut Adver!!!!! My sympathies to this poor man's family. Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 3

9:41am Mon 24 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

What do we expect from a Public service......
What do we expect from a Public service...... A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -9

9:47am Mon 24 Feb 14

IceLord says...

Wiltshirereader wrote:
Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve!
Sisters were in charge of the wards, Matrons the hospital, there was usually only one Matron, Sisters reported to her.

Chief Nurse is a role that exists in hospitals today and is the same job as Matron except they aren't called Matron.

It is very dangerous to comment on this case or any other without full details and professional experience. My opinion is that it is just standards, personal standards. i know some nurses and medical professionals are dedicated, I'm sure others not so much. I do wonder if this was always the case but with todays modern society and with instant news via the Internet if it just gets reported more often.

I also believe privatising every service possible is never a great idea in healthcare because the purpose of every private company is too make a profit - so cutting corners is second nature. Although presumably nurses and healthcare staff on the NHS don't work for private companies.....
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve![/p][/quote]Sisters were in charge of the wards, Matrons the hospital, there was usually only one Matron, Sisters reported to her. Chief Nurse is a role that exists in hospitals today and is the same job as Matron except they aren't called Matron. It is very dangerous to comment on this case or any other without full details and professional experience. My opinion is that it is just standards, personal standards. i know some nurses and medical professionals are dedicated, I'm sure others not so much. I do wonder if this was always the case but with todays modern society and with instant news via the Internet if it just gets reported more often. I also believe privatising every service possible is never a great idea in healthcare because the purpose of every private company is too make a profit - so cutting corners is second nature. Although presumably nurses and healthcare staff on the NHS don't work for private companies..... IceLord
  • Score: 10

10:32am Mon 24 Feb 14

BWB says...

WHY SPEND MONEY GOING TO DIGNITA IN SWITZERLAND TO END
YOUR LIFE !
GET ADMITTED TO GWH FREE.
WHY SPEND MONEY GOING TO DIGNITA IN SWITZERLAND TO END YOUR LIFE ! GET ADMITTED TO GWH FREE. BWB
  • Score: -10

11:11am Mon 24 Feb 14

CovinghamExile says...

It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result.
It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result. CovinghamExile
  • Score: 4

11:39am Mon 24 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

That's about right for the filthy house of death.

Remember this was also a story in this same paper, about someone else being badly treated, complaints to pals is wasted 20 minuets of your life so don't bother.

This hospital should be in administration.

Close it down and save lives and others from this badly run death camp.
That's about right for the filthy house of death. Remember this was also a story in this same paper, about someone else being badly treated, complaints to pals is wasted 20 minuets of your life so don't bother. This hospital should be in administration. Close it down and save lives and others from this badly run death camp. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -6

12:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Tit4Tat says...

Wiltshirereader wrote:
Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve!
Too true, I've been saying that for years!! I personally believe that all the problems in our hospitals are as a result of a) the "Management" system, and b) inefficient vetting of staff before employing them. We definitely need, throughout the NHS, to bring back the good old-fashioned Matrons of old.....the ones who stood no nonsense.....and get rid of the "management" who basically are only for themselves and don't have a clue!!
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve![/p][/quote]Too true, I've been saying that for years!! I personally believe that all the problems in our hospitals are as a result of a) the "Management" system, and b) inefficient vetting of staff before employing them. We definitely need, throughout the NHS, to bring back the good old-fashioned Matrons of old.....the ones who stood no nonsense.....and get rid of the "management" who basically are only for themselves and don't have a clue!! Tit4Tat
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Swindon_AOK says...

The message is don't get sick as GWH is very likely to make you a lot sicker. You go in with one ailment and usually come out with a few more.

My grandmother has also treated badly in there, went in with some treatable problems and did not come out. PALS just listen sympathetically and note the comments but ultimately the system is broken and chronically underfunded.

There is no one overall responsible for you just a series of unconnected consultants and nurses.

Best investment you can make for yourself is private healthcare before you get too sick to afford it.....
The message is don't get sick as GWH is very likely to make you a lot sicker. You go in with one ailment and usually come out with a few more. My grandmother has also treated badly in there, went in with some treatable problems and did not come out. PALS just listen sympathetically and note the comments but ultimately the system is broken and chronically underfunded. There is no one overall responsible for you just a series of unconnected consultants and nurses. Best investment you can make for yourself is private healthcare before you get too sick to afford it..... Swindon_AOK
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Localboy86 says...

I was there last weekend, no doctors to been seen at the weekend but the nurses were great and regularly checked on the old chaps on the same ward as me and clearly cared. Went back in the week for an op and it was pleasantly surprised by how well everything went, don't get me wrong the communication between doctors a nurses seemed to be lacking but I would give them 9 out of 10 for the care I received. Still glad I'm private tho as I wouldn't want to wait for the next op I need as I was told it could be 6 to 12 month wait as not urgent if done at GWH, instead I'm going to see surgeon as soon as last wound has healed.
I was there last weekend, no doctors to been seen at the weekend but the nurses were great and regularly checked on the old chaps on the same ward as me and clearly cared. Went back in the week for an op and it was pleasantly surprised by how well everything went, don't get me wrong the communication between doctors a nurses seemed to be lacking but I would give them 9 out of 10 for the care I received. Still glad I'm private tho as I wouldn't want to wait for the next op I need as I was told it could be 6 to 12 month wait as not urgent if done at GWH, instead I'm going to see surgeon as soon as last wound has healed. Localboy86
  • Score: 7

12:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

peewee says...

This hospital is getting worse and worse, surely there should be someone in charge of each ward to see what is going on,
This hospital is getting worse and worse, surely there should be someone in charge of each ward to see what is going on, peewee
  • Score: 1

1:17pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Localboy86 says...

I don't see why a nurse isn't stationed in each room, there seemed to be enough of them to do this?
I don't see why a nurse isn't stationed in each room, there seemed to be enough of them to do this? Localboy86
  • Score: -1

1:24pm Mon 24 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

IceLord wrote:
Wiltshirereader wrote:
Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve!
Sisters were in charge of the wards, Matrons the hospital, there was usually only one Matron, Sisters reported to her.

Chief Nurse is a role that exists in hospitals today and is the same job as Matron except they aren't called Matron.

It is very dangerous to comment on this case or any other without full details and professional experience. My opinion is that it is just standards, personal standards. i know some nurses and medical professionals are dedicated, I'm sure others not so much. I do wonder if this was always the case but with todays modern society and with instant news via the Internet if it just gets reported more often.

I also believe privatising every service possible is never a great idea in healthcare because the purpose of every private company is too make a profit - so cutting corners is second nature. Although presumably nurses and healthcare staff on the NHS don't work for private companies.....
I think the whole Public sector/Private sector "partnerships" that were brought in by the previous Govt were always going to end in tears. As you say the private part have a very different agenda (maximise profit over everything) against the Public responsibility to provide a high level of service to the taxpayer. The other problem is that there are still more performance managers and administrators than doctors or nurses, which is quite absurd.

Add to that the cost of providing care and the ever increasing number requiring it at a time when the Govt is massively in debt and you get the chaos we have now. As others have said there are some wonderful doctors and nurses, but their numbers seem to be dwindling under all the pressure for profit.
[quote][p][bold]IceLord[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Sadly it's not uncommon to hear stories like these from Swindon Hospital, I truly believe that until we "BRING BACK MATRON" on every ward with her strict regimes that it will not improve![/p][/quote]Sisters were in charge of the wards, Matrons the hospital, there was usually only one Matron, Sisters reported to her. Chief Nurse is a role that exists in hospitals today and is the same job as Matron except they aren't called Matron. It is very dangerous to comment on this case or any other without full details and professional experience. My opinion is that it is just standards, personal standards. i know some nurses and medical professionals are dedicated, I'm sure others not so much. I do wonder if this was always the case but with todays modern society and with instant news via the Internet if it just gets reported more often. I also believe privatising every service possible is never a great idea in healthcare because the purpose of every private company is too make a profit - so cutting corners is second nature. Although presumably nurses and healthcare staff on the NHS don't work for private companies.....[/p][/quote]I think the whole Public sector/Private sector "partnerships" that were brought in by the previous Govt were always going to end in tears. As you say the private part have a very different agenda (maximise profit over everything) against the Public responsibility to provide a high level of service to the taxpayer. The other problem is that there are still more performance managers and administrators than doctors or nurses, which is quite absurd. Add to that the cost of providing care and the ever increasing number requiring it at a time when the Govt is massively in debt and you get the chaos we have now. As others have said there are some wonderful doctors and nurses, but their numbers seem to be dwindling under all the pressure for profit. house on the hill
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

CovinghamExile wrote:
It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result.
Are the staff in NHS hospitals being paid less to deliberately not care for patients then?

There's nothing political about this, it's about those being paid to do a job that they're clearly not doing to a remotely acceptable level.
[quote][p][bold]CovinghamExile[/bold] wrote: It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result.[/p][/quote]Are the staff in NHS hospitals being paid less to deliberately not care for patients then? There's nothing political about this, it's about those being paid to do a job that they're clearly not doing to a remotely acceptable level. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

2:22pm Mon 24 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

ChannelX wrote:
CovinghamExile wrote:
It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result.
Are the staff in NHS hospitals being paid less to deliberately not care for patients then?

There's nothing political about this, it's about those being paid to do a job that they're clearly not doing to a remotely acceptable level.
There are 2millions NHS employees, yes 2 000 000 Public servants on the payroll, if we let the NHS go private, we could clear the budget deficit and start paying off the National debt straight away, whilst lowering taxes for every person in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CovinghamExile[/bold] wrote: It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result.[/p][/quote]Are the staff in NHS hospitals being paid less to deliberately not care for patients then? There's nothing political about this, it's about those being paid to do a job that they're clearly not doing to a remotely acceptable level.[/p][/quote]There are 2millions NHS employees, yes 2 000 000 Public servants on the payroll, if we let the NHS go private, we could clear the budget deficit and start paying off the National debt straight away, whilst lowering taxes for every person in the UK. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -9

3:34pm Mon 24 Feb 14

The Zax says...

We might learn from the French system, where critical illness is treated in a small number of major hospitals and, when the condition has stabilised, the patient is moved to a local hospital to recuperate. When well enough to return home, the equivalent of District Nurses - usually older and experienced people - then supply any further treatment on the spot.

The difficult part is restoring the desirability of taking pride in service. The virtues that made nursing what it was: a sense of vocation and duty, have - largely for idealogical reasons - been systematically eroded since the early 1960s.

My condolences to Mrs Edginton.
We might learn from the French system, where critical illness is treated in a small number of major hospitals and, when the condition has stabilised, the patient is moved to a local hospital to recuperate. When well enough to return home, the equivalent of District Nurses - usually older and experienced people - then supply any further treatment on the spot. The difficult part is restoring the desirability of taking pride in service. The virtues that made nursing what it was: a sense of vocation and duty, have - largely for idealogical reasons - been systematically eroded since the early 1960s. My condolences to Mrs Edginton. The Zax
  • Score: 8

4:16pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Hangbrownhigh says...

CovinghamExile wrote:
It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result.
Whilst I am sorry that you lost your Mum I suggest that you should also have mentioned that hundreds of patients died unecessarily in Staffordshire under the last governments patronage administered by Andy Burnham. It's politicians who you should hold accountable as they are all as bad as each other!
[quote][p][bold]CovinghamExile[/bold] wrote: It's all part of the NHS's new "Save Money not Lives" philosophy of Cameron's Caring Conservatism - my 98-year old Mum was similarly treated at another NHS hospital, and died unnecessarily in much discomfort as a result.[/p][/quote]Whilst I am sorry that you lost your Mum I suggest that you should also have mentioned that hundreds of patients died unecessarily in Staffordshire under the last governments patronage administered by Andy Burnham. It's politicians who you should hold accountable as they are all as bad as each other! Hangbrownhigh
  • Score: -2

9:05pm Mon 24 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Localboy86 wrote:
I was there last weekend, no doctors to been seen at the weekend but the nurses were great and regularly checked on the old chaps on the same ward as me and clearly cared. Went back in the week for an op and it was pleasantly surprised by how well everything went, don't get me wrong the communication between doctors a nurses seemed to be lacking but I would give them 9 out of 10 for the care I received. Still glad I'm private tho as I wouldn't want to wait for the next op I need as I was told it could be 6 to 12 month wait as not urgent if done at GWH, instead I'm going to see surgeon as soon as last wound has healed.
And who do you think you'll see???

The same damned doctors as they have in the death camp, they work a few hours killing people then move over to wroughton at 6k per hour plus the money they robbed from the health fund.

If you want proper treatment get on a trip to Germany or France, make sure you've got an E111 and go sick over there. NHS pays and you get the service you deserve.

Head the warning previously given..... STAY AWAY FROM THE DEATH CAMP.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: I was there last weekend, no doctors to been seen at the weekend but the nurses were great and regularly checked on the old chaps on the same ward as me and clearly cared. Went back in the week for an op and it was pleasantly surprised by how well everything went, don't get me wrong the communication between doctors a nurses seemed to be lacking but I would give them 9 out of 10 for the care I received. Still glad I'm private tho as I wouldn't want to wait for the next op I need as I was told it could be 6 to 12 month wait as not urgent if done at GWH, instead I'm going to see surgeon as soon as last wound has healed.[/p][/quote]And who do you think you'll see??? The same damned doctors as they have in the death camp, they work a few hours killing people then move over to wroughton at 6k per hour plus the money they robbed from the health fund. If you want proper treatment get on a trip to Germany or France, make sure you've got an E111 and go sick over there. NHS pays and you get the service you deserve. Head the warning previously given..... STAY AWAY FROM THE DEATH CAMP. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -1

9:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Moth wrote:
My late husband was in that place for 2 months. His care was appalling. Junior doctors overriding consultants and point scoring was all they seemed to care about. Nurses without an ounce of compassion more interested in discussing their drunken nights out. My husband was eventually transferred to a specialist hospital where the staff and treatment was wonderful. Sadly, the damage done during his stay at GWH was irreversible despite this other hospital's best efforts. He died soon after coming home.

Maybe it's time those of us who have watched our loved ones suffer at that awful place got together and did something about it, i.e. class lawsuit.
I,M UP FOR IT, ANY ONE ELSE INTERESTED.

A CLASS LAWSUIT, THAT WOULD WORK.
[quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: My late husband was in that place for 2 months. His care was appalling. Junior doctors overriding consultants and point scoring was all they seemed to care about. Nurses without an ounce of compassion more interested in discussing their drunken nights out. My husband was eventually transferred to a specialist hospital where the staff and treatment was wonderful. Sadly, the damage done during his stay at GWH was irreversible despite this other hospital's best efforts. He died soon after coming home. Maybe it's time those of us who have watched our loved ones suffer at that awful place got together and did something about it, i.e. class lawsuit.[/p][/quote]I,M UP FOR IT, ANY ONE ELSE INTERESTED. A CLASS LAWSUIT, THAT WOULD WORK. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -2

8:15am Tue 25 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
Moth wrote:
My late husband was in that place for 2 months. His care was appalling. Junior doctors overriding consultants and point scoring was all they seemed to care about. Nurses without an ounce of compassion more interested in discussing their drunken nights out. My husband was eventually transferred to a specialist hospital where the staff and treatment was wonderful. Sadly, the damage done during his stay at GWH was irreversible despite this other hospital's best efforts. He died soon after coming home.

Maybe it's time those of us who have watched our loved ones suffer at that awful place got together and did something about it, i.e. class lawsuit.
I,M UP FOR IT, ANY ONE ELSE INTERESTED.

A CLASS LAWSUIT, THAT WOULD WORK.
Or people could start paying for their own private health....a lot cheaper than a class Lawsuit.
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: My late husband was in that place for 2 months. His care was appalling. Junior doctors overriding consultants and point scoring was all they seemed to care about. Nurses without an ounce of compassion more interested in discussing their drunken nights out. My husband was eventually transferred to a specialist hospital where the staff and treatment was wonderful. Sadly, the damage done during his stay at GWH was irreversible despite this other hospital's best efforts. He died soon after coming home. Maybe it's time those of us who have watched our loved ones suffer at that awful place got together and did something about it, i.e. class lawsuit.[/p][/quote]I,M UP FOR IT, ANY ONE ELSE INTERESTED. A CLASS LAWSUIT, THAT WOULD WORK.[/p][/quote]Or people could start paying for their own private health....a lot cheaper than a class Lawsuit. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -2

9:02am Tue 25 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

This month it was reported that Peter Kysel, a retired British banker who went to Prague for proton therapy, was planning to send his £17,000 bill to the NHS in the hope of taking advantage of a law that gives patients the right to be treated anywhere in the European Union (if that treatment is considered appropriate). But why is this treatment not available in the UK?

Well part of the reason is the .Gov doesn't want too save your life or give you any longer on this planet than is necessary. But they do want your money, to squander on follies and jollies, and of course the overseas budget.

But you can get your treatment abroad and they do have to pay for it.
This month it was reported that Peter Kysel, a retired British banker who went to Prague for proton therapy, was planning to send his £17,000 bill to the NHS in the hope of taking advantage of a law that gives patients the right to be treated anywhere in the European Union (if that treatment is considered appropriate). But why is this treatment not available in the UK? Well part of the reason is the .Gov doesn't want too save your life or give you any longer on this planet than is necessary. But they do want your money, to squander on follies and jollies, and of course the overseas budget. But you can get your treatment abroad and they do have to pay for it. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -2

9:54am Tue 25 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
This month it was reported that Peter Kysel, a retired British banker who went to Prague for proton therapy, was planning to send his £17,000 bill to the NHS in the hope of taking advantage of a law that gives patients the right to be treated anywhere in the European Union (if that treatment is considered appropriate). But why is this treatment not available in the UK?

Well part of the reason is the .Gov doesn't want too save your life or give you any longer on this planet than is necessary. But they do want your money, to squander on follies and jollies, and of course the overseas budget.

But you can get your treatment abroad and they do have to pay for it.
Well Proton therapy is available in the UK, in fact the UK was the world leader in using such technology, however like everything else in Britain, the lack of investment meant that it has reached full capacity for a number of years and patients must seek treatment abroad.
This country invest too little and too late, this is true for the NHS but it also true in many many other sectors, it is plain to see everyday.
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: This month it was reported that Peter Kysel, a retired British banker who went to Prague for proton therapy, was planning to send his £17,000 bill to the NHS in the hope of taking advantage of a law that gives patients the right to be treated anywhere in the European Union (if that treatment is considered appropriate). But why is this treatment not available in the UK? Well part of the reason is the .Gov doesn't want too save your life or give you any longer on this planet than is necessary. But they do want your money, to squander on follies and jollies, and of course the overseas budget. But you can get your treatment abroad and they do have to pay for it.[/p][/quote]Well Proton therapy is available in the UK, in fact the UK was the world leader in using such technology, however like everything else in Britain, the lack of investment meant that it has reached full capacity for a number of years and patients must seek treatment abroad. This country invest too little and too late, this is true for the NHS but it also true in many many other sectors, it is plain to see everyday. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

trustnopolitician says...

These problems are a direct result of Cameron and Osbourne's uncaring philosophy less trained staff = poor care .

The local management also has a lot to answer for as these sort of events are becoming much frequent.

I expect our MPs Tomlinson and Buckland would tun a mile if asked to explain why the NHS has deteriorated so much since their government took power.

Any comment MPs ?
These problems are a direct result of Cameron and Osbourne's uncaring philosophy less trained staff = poor care . The local management also has a lot to answer for as these sort of events are becoming much frequent. I expect our MPs Tomlinson and Buckland would tun a mile if asked to explain why the NHS has deteriorated so much since their government took power. Any comment MPs ? trustnopolitician
  • Score: -1

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