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Doctors by Email: This is What Change Looks Like

John on March 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

Hat tip to Hot Air headlines for this one. The Telegraph UK reports on some “secret” cuts by the National Health Service:

Documents show that health chiefs are considering plans to begin sacking workers, cutting treatments and shutting wards across the country.

The proposals could lead to:

  • 10 per cent of NHS staff being sacked in some areas.
  • The loss of thousands of hospital beds.
  • A reduction in the number of ambulance call-outs.
  • Medical professionals being replaced by less qualified assistants.

The plans are contained in a series of internal NHS documents uncovered by The Daily Telegraph.

The final details of the plans are not due to be announced until the autumn, well after the country has gone to the polls for the general election.

The Conservatives and health campaigners said the public deserved to know the true extent of cuts at their local surgeries and hospitals before voting.

So it’s liberals lying shamelessly about the coming cuts in their horrible nationalized health system and conservatives trying to alert the public about the facts before the election. Why does that sound so familiar?

$20 billion pounds works out to something like $30 billion dollars, but don’t forget our population is about 5x theirs. So in US terms, we’re talking $150 billion in cuts to hospital staffs and services. Now, I don’t want to be irresponsible and suggest this is really, really close to, ya know, those death panels Sarah Palin was talking about. So let me put it another way…Do you think there’s any real world costs associated with draconian financial decisions made by health bureaucrats? You betcha!

The sick would be urged to stay at home and email doctors rather than visit surgeries, while procedures such as hip replacements could be scrapped.

Doctors by e-mail. This is what change looks like.

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