A new study reveals that hundreds of British patients died last year over healthcare issues.
The study by the College of Emergency Medicine has found that 150 of the patients who died, could not be admitted because of hospital bed shortages. Another 350 died because they were not treated fast enough.
This is while a separate report has revealed that 4 million pounds have been spent on unapproved schemes in the UK’s largest mental health trust. Just in one case, 80-thousand pounds were spent on a café that has never served a customer. The trust’s financial documents have reportedly been altered to cover up mistakes. The report says several clinical projects were scrapped because of the scandalous overspending.
Now William Spring, a London-based human rights activist, believes the current British government and all the previous ones since 1948 when the National Health Service (NHS) was established, have treated the healthcare issue “as a form of control of the population.”
Spring Told Press TV that the NHS issue could not be solved just by throwing more money at it. He said: “It is a systemic problem in the NHS which is not going to be solved by just pumping money into it, because all the money does, is, goes into swelling the ranks of administrators, not actual clinical or nursing staff. In fact, as I said in my interview earlier, I said the number of employees in the NHS have gone up from 1948, 350,000 to 1982, 882,000. Now it may well be well over that; a million or so.”
He also referred to the so-called “Bed Blocking” issue in the British hospitals, noting that many in-patients lose their chances of landing a hospital bed due to unnecessary surgeries by others.
“A lot of what we call bed blocking, that is the use of beds for non-emergency admissions and so on …, are not medical at all. For example cosmetic surgery is available on the National Health Service; that’s not an illness.